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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White-nose began to strike more than a decade ago, Ford said, originating in Europe and Asia. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "A mysterious disease is killing millions of bats. These scientists are trying to save them.," 12 July 2018 Wind has carried smoke and ash from the explosive County Fire, originating in Guinda, across much of Northern California. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Bay Area residents wake up to ashfall from the County Fire, about 75 miles away," 1 July 2018 This was the case, originating in Pennsylvania, that was going to put the stake through the dark heart of Roe v. Wade. Christine M. Flowers, Philly.com, "Justice Anthony Kennedy was 'Catholic conservatives' worst nightmare' on the Supreme Court | Christine Flowers," 28 June 2018 While cosmic radiation originates in outer space, small amounts reach the earth, and greater chances of exposure occur at higher altitudes. Alice Park, Time, "Flight Attendants Have Higher Rates of Many Cancers, Study Says," 26 June 2018 Because threats can originate anywhere, managing cyber risk is daunting. Donald A. Purdy Jr., Fortune, "I’m the Security Chief at Huawei U.S. Banning Us Won’t Make Americans Safer," 26 June 2018 Since the scam is originating in Asia, Germantown Police do not have jurisdiction to investigate. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Facebook fraud threatens to release a Germantown man's risqué video," 25 June 2018 Sweeten with restraint: Byrd, who grew up in iced-tea-swilling Georgia, said Southern sweet tea originated when tea was very expensive. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Sip your way through summer with a batch of homemade iced tea," 12 June 2018 While the group’s roots originate in Mormonism, Mama Dragons is open to mothers of all faiths and beliefs and has since grown to more than 1,700 members across the U.S. and 18 other countries. Kevin Truong /, NBC News, "'Mama Dragons': Mormon mom group provides support to LGBTQ kids — and each other," 12 May 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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