originate

verb
orig·​i·​nate | \ ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce originate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce origination (audio) \ noun
originator \ ə-​ˈri-​jə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce originator (audio) \ 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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Meanwhile, the founder of the secure messaging app Telegram, used by demonstrators Wednesday to organize, reported a major cyberattack that seemed to originate from China, the company’s chief executive said. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Hong Kong legislature postpones debate on extradition bill again after clashes between police and protesters," 13 June 2019 Later that same evening, Sanders resorted to sharing a doctored video to bolster her allegation that appeared to originate with the far-right conspiracy site Infowars. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Even Trump’s favorite TV network supports CNN’s lawsuit against the White House," 14 Nov. 2018 New rules require at least two-fifths of a vehicle to originate from workers earning at least $16 an hour to be eligible for duty-free trade in North America. William Boston, WSJ, "Nafta Rewrite Is Mixed Blessing for Foreign Car Makers," 1 Oct. 2018 USA Today reports that in 1998, a radio signal was found in space, but was later found to have originated from a microwave. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Mysterious radio signal found in space and astronomers aren't sure where it's coming from," 7 Aug. 2018 The pair worked together on numerous musicals including Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, and Chicago, where Verdon originated the lead role of Roxie Hart. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Was Gwen Verdon? 5 Things to Know As You Watch Fosse/Verdon," 17 Apr. 2019 On the surface, though, their relationship seemed like goals: Fosse is one of the most iconic choreographers of all time, and Verdon is a four-time Tony winner who originated roles in musicals like Damn Yankees and Sweet Charity. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Fosse/Verdon Proves It's Time to Cancel the Fragile Male Ego," 10 Apr. 2019 Zielinski, who originated last fall's proposal to permit the Common Council to fire the police chief, did not explain what form such accountability might take. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Common Council and mayor clash over proposal to make Milwaukee police chief elected position," 3 July 2018 Playing Pythio, the non-binary Oracle of Delphi, the star will be making history as the first transgender woman to originate a role on Broadway. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Peppermint Dishes Out Rapid-Fire Rap Bars in Spicy New Video for 'Black Pepper'," 29 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 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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