originate

verb
orig·​i·​nate | \ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnāt \
originated; originating

Definition of originate 

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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

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Other Words from originate

origination \ ə-​ˌri-​jə-​ˈnā-​shən \ noun
originator \ ə-​ˈri-​jə-​ˌnā-​tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for originate

Synonyms

actualize, appear, arise, begin, break, commence, dawn, engender, form, materialize, set in, spring, start

Antonyms

cease, end, stop

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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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The cause of the fire is under investigation, said Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Davis, but fire officials believe the blaze originated outside the building. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Fire destroys apartment building in Leominster," 10 July 2018 Whether the true likelihood is as high as one in two, or as inconceivable as one in a trillion trillion trillion, the mere ability to consciously ask ourselves that question depends on the fact that life has already successfully originated. Liv Boeree, Vox, "Why haven’t we found aliens yet?," 3 July 2018 Fintech companies originated 36 percent of total personal loans in 2017 compared with less than 1 percent in 2010, Chicago-based TransUnion said. Fortune, "Personal Loans Have Surged to a Record $120 Billion High," 3 July 2018 Zoo staff learned that the tradition of an animal predicting how long winter would continue originated in Europe with a badger or bear often providing the forecast. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Awwww! Milwaukee zoo announces arrival of adorable baby groundhog. And he loves broccoli.," 24 June 2018 Though another report says the day originated in the United Kingdom in 1996. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Take your dog to work day: Best pictures of people bringing their pets to work," 22 June 2018 But a recent geochemical analysis of Aztec and Mixtec turquoise suggests that the mineral did not originate in the American Southwest, but rather in Mesoamerica. New York Times, "Aztec Turquoise Tiles May Solve a Mesoamerican Mystery," 13 June 2018 Dignity said the problem originated from an email list formatted by one of its vendors, the online appointment scheduling site Healthgrades, which contained a sorting error. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Data breach at Dignity Health affected 56,000 patients, is under investigation," 12 June 2018 The Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday that the lawsuit originated in California last year but a judge on Friday ordered that it be heard instead in federal court in Madison because that is closer to all of the parties involved. CBS News, "Chris Farley's family sues Trek over name of fat-tired bikes," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of originate

1668, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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originate

verb

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 \
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 \
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 \ noun
originator \ ə-​ˈri-​jə-​ˌnā-​tər \ noun

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