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 originate (audio) \ noun
originator \ ə-​ˈri-​jə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce originate (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 They'll be joined by the full band for the broadcast that will originate from Charlotte, North Carolina, where the Avett Brothers held a pair of drive-in concerts earlier this year. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "Justin Bieber, BTS, KISS and other musicians ringing in 2021 with livestream concerts," 29 Dec. 2020 Some of the spread could originate from human behavior, for instance more group gathering under loosened restrictions. Maya Wei-haas, Science, "Why new coronavirus variants 'suddenly arose' in the U.K. and South Africa," 23 Dec. 2020 The 2020 NBA Draft will originate from ESPN’s facilities in Bristol, Connecticut, with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum announcing the 60 selections. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Alabama Roots: First-round history at hand in NBA Draft," 18 Nov. 2020 That includes fires that have clouded the air in Los Angeles, from which the awards will originate. Brian Lowry, CNN, "The Emmy Awards will be 'live, live, live,' and expect things to go wrong," 16 Sep. 2020 The notable exception is basic economy, the airline's bargain ticket class, and trips that originate outside North America. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "Delta Air Lines permanently eliminates international change fees," 9 Dec. 2020 Geminid meteors Most meteor showers originate from comets, but the Geminid meteor shower actually originates from the aforementioned asteroid, 3200 Phaethon. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Geminid meteor shower is coming: what to know," 8 Dec. 2020 Some dishes on the menu that originate outside of Vietnam are the specialty of chef Michael Chang, such as miso ramen, Le said. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Pho you can 'feel the love from': What to try at this south Phoenix Vietnamese restaurant," 12 Nov. 2020 Many products that originate in the Peoples’ Republic of China do not have the best of reputations in a country that expects a high degree of quality, but where consumers are increasingly looking to pay less. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Chinese brands are using an ingenious trick to sidestep Indian hostility," 11 Nov. 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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17 Jan 2021

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“Originate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originate. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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 originate (audio) \ noun
originator \ ə-​ˈri-​jə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce originate (audio) \ noun

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