originate

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verb orig·i·nate \ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnāt\

Definition of originate

originated

;

originating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give rise to :  initiate The composer originated 10 songs for the Broadway musical.

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

origination

play \ə-ˌri-jə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

originator

play \ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of originate in a Sentence

  1. These stories originated during earlier times.

  2. The book originated as a series of lectures.

  3. The sound seemed to originate from outside the room.

  4. The custom is believed to have originated in the western U.S.

  5. He did not originate the idea.

  6. The policy was originated by the previous administration.

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First Known Use of originate

1668

Synonym Discussion of originate

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


ORIGINATE Defined for English Language Learners

originate

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verb

Definition of originate for English Language Learners

  • : to begin to exist : to be produced or created

  • : to cause (something) to exist : to produce or create (something)


ORIGINATE Defined for Kids

originate

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verb orig·i·nate \ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnāt\

Definition of originate for Students

originated

;

originating

  1. 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. 2 :  to come into being The custom originated in ancient times.

originator

\-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Law Dictionary

originate

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verb orig·i·nate \ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnāt\

Legal Definition of originate

originated

originating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to take or have origin

origination

\ə-ˌri-jə-ˈnā-shən\ play noun

originator

\ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnā-tər\ play noun


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