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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Facilities that have not had a new positive case originate there within the past 14 days and have adequate staffing to meet the needs of residents will be eligible to submit a plan for resuming indoor visitation. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Eviction problems, student pushback, coastal rental boom: News from around our 50 states," 9 Sep. 2020 Most of the messages originate in China, but my mother and I live in New York. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda," 7 Sep. 2020 Many of the company’s challenges originate in its ownership structure. Andy Hoffman, Bloomberg.com, "Louis Dreyfus in Talks to Sell Stake to Abu Dhabi’s ADQ," 4 Sep. 2020 This is the time of year when storms tend to originate in the open Atlantic, particularly near the Cape Verde Islands off Africa. Brett Clarkson, sun-sentinel.com, "Two tropical waves pop up in the Atlantic," 27 Aug. 2020 Some of those complaints are not from the public and originate within the department for things such as traffic accidents involving police vehicles. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad considers creating police review committee," 20 Aug. 2020 Social media chatter and reports that appeared to originate in Argentina also pointed to Barreal's exit for MLS. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Source: FC Cincinnati acquires Alvaro Barreal from Argentina's Vélez Sarsfield," 27 Aug. 2020 The drive-in movie theater, which is enjoying a resurgence amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, did not originate in Los Angeles. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Flashback: L.A.'s First Drive-In Opened on Pico Boulevard in 1934," 15 Aug. 2020 All meteor showers seem to originate from one region in the sky. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight and Tomorrow," 11 Aug. 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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13 Sep 2020

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“Originate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originate. Accessed 24 Sep. 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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