originate

verb
orig·​i·​nate | \ ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce originate (audio) \
originated; originating

Definition of originate

intransitive verb

: to take or have origin : begin That board game originated in the 1940s.

transitive verb

: to give rise to : initiate The composer originated 10 songs for the Broadway musical.

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Other Words from originate

origination \ ə-​ˌri-​jə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce origination (audio) \ noun
originator \ ə-​ˈri-​jə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce originator (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for originate

spring, arise, rise, originate, derive, flow, issue, emanate, proceed, stem mean to come up or out of something into existence. spring implies rapid or sudden emerging. an idea that springs to mind arise and rise may both convey the fact of coming into existence or notice but rise often stresses gradual growth or ascent. new questions have arisen slowly rose to prominence originate implies a definite source or starting point. the fire originated in the basement derive implies a prior existence in another form. the holiday derives from an ancient Roman feast flow adds to spring a suggestion of abundance or ease of inception. words flowed easily from her pen issue suggests emerging from confinement through an outlet. blood issued from the cut emanate applies to the coming of something immaterial (such as a thought) from a source. reports emanating from the capital proceed stresses place of origin, derivation, parentage, or logical cause. advice that proceeds from the best of intentions stem implies originating by dividing or branching off from something as an outgrowth or subordinate development. industries stemming from space research

Examples of originate in a Sentence

These stories originated during earlier times. The book originated as a series of lectures. The sound seemed to originate from outside the room. The custom is believed to have originated in the western U.S. He did not originate the idea. The policy was originated by the previous administration.
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Recent Examples on the Web Some of those complaints originate within the department for things such as traffic accidents involving police vehicles. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad considers creation of police oversight commission," 25 Oct. 2020 Yet that would mean that Chinese officials probably missed a chance to confirm where the outbreak did, or did not, originate. New York Times, "In Hunt for Virus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge," 4 Nov. 2020 The failure did not originate with the American government establishment, however. Kirti Shanker, National Review, "Reimagining America’s Infectious-Disease Defense," 26 Oct. 2020 Our long-simmering political and cultural rot do not originate with Donald Trump. WSJ, "Readers Consider McRaven’s View of Biden," 22 Oct. 2020 These issues did not originate overnight and won’t disappear without our consistent efforts to tackle them. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Amid ongoing racial tension, Black leaders in Connecticut share hopes and fears before an historic election," 20 Oct. 2020 Where did sin originate (Adam and Eve and the garden)? The Rev. Dr. Wm. Louis "lou" Piel, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Piel: Inspired by God, let the Bible speak for itself | RELIGION COMMENTARY," 26 Sep. 2020 This change in guidance did not originate inside the CDC, according to CNN and The New York Times. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Fog of the Pandemic Is Returning," 10 Sep. 2020 While fish tacos didn’t originate here, there’s no doubt they were popularized on this side of the U.S.-Mexico border by the chain now known as Rubio’s Coastal Grill. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fish tacos: The lore of a ‘San Diego’ signature dish," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of originate

1668, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of originate was in 1668

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“Originate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originate. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for originate

originate

verb
How to pronounce originate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of originate

: to begin to exist : to be produced or created
: to cause (something) to exist : to produce or create (something)

originate

verb
orig·​i·​nate | \ ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce originate (audio) \
originated; originating

Kids Definition of originate

1 : to bring into being : invent, initiate I had lots of time to cook … and I must say I originated some excellent meals.— Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain
2 : to come into being The custom originated in ancient times.

Other Words from originate

originator \ -​ˌnā-​tər \ noun

originate

verb
orig·​i·​nate | \ ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce originate (audio) \
originated; originating

Legal Definition of originate

transitive verb

: to give rise to specifically : to issue (a mortgage loan) usually for subsequent sale in a pool of mortgage loans to a secondary market — compare service

intransitive verb

: to take or have origin

Other Words from originate

origination \ ə-​ˌri-​jə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce origination (audio) \ noun
originator \ ə-​ˈri-​jə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce originator (audio) \ noun

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