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

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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 But the attacks on private and foreign business originate much higher in the government than in these line bureaucracies. Anne Stevenson-yang, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Most of the marsquakes originate in the crust, and only a fraction of seismic waves probe deeper regions. Lawrence Krauss, WSJ, 28 July 2021 As others have pointed out, iPhone color rumors typically originate from supply chain sources within China. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 20 July 2021 Lawmakers planned to formally introduce the proposal on Monday in the House, where articles of impeachment must originate. Darlene Superville, Chron, 10 Jan. 2021 Lawmakers planned to formally introduce the proposal on Monday in the House, where articles of impeachment must originate. Darlene Superville, Time, 10 Jan. 2021 Lawmakers planned to formally introduce the proposal on Monday in the House, where articles of impeachment must originate. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2021 The international liaison unit requested the assistance of Mexican authorities, who responded south of the border in the area where the shots were suspected to originate, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 15 Aug. 2021 Chowdhury said the same thing happened in the 1955 Royal Free Hospital outbreak of encephalomyelitis – an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord that is believed to originate from a viral infection. Lucia Osborne-crowley, refinery29.com, 15 Aug. 2021

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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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“Originate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originate. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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 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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