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.

Other Words from originate

origination \ ə-​ˌri-​jə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce originate (audio) \ noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Employees are encouraged to offer suggestions, which is where most of our ideas originate. Jeff Fromm, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 In Nicaragua, where I was born and where my ancestors originate, land was forcefully taken away from people who refused to deny their Indigeneity. Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez, refinery29.com, 31 Mar. 2022 And these are the regions where a lot of Russia’s oil and natural-gas exports originate. Jim Geraghty, National Review, 27 Mar. 2022 Fair Trade certification shows where products originate from, whether that’s a garment factory in Thailand or coffee farm in Peru. Ebony Roberts, Outside Online, 10 Feb. 2022 Locations like the city's Jewelry District and the Melrose Avenue, which has seen a series of brazen robberies, have been places where many of the crimes originate. Fox News, 26 Dec. 2021 Rubio's amendment could not be added to the Senate version of the defense legislation, because of a procedural issue where bills that involve raising revenue must originate in the House. Ellie Kaufman, CNN, 8 Dec. 2021 Your core, in particular, is the power source where a lot of movements originate—from holding a plank to sweeping the floor to picking up a heavy box, says DeRienzo. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 6 Nov. 2021 The supply chain ends at Bob Jones’s door in Tinley Park, Ill., more than 7,700 miles from the Chinese port of Ningbo, where many of his products originate. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of originate

1668, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Originate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originate. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for originate

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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