self-gen·​er·​ate ˌself-ˈje-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce self-generate (audio)
self-generated; self-generating; self-generates

transitive + intransitive

: to generate (something, such as electricity or funds) by or for oneself
… allowing the school the capability to self-generate power until the power grid is restored.Bill Hoban
Gregory Smith, associate dean for business and financial affairs for the Law Center, said the tuition increase is something the Law Center applied for through LSU out of a need to self-generate revenue after state appropriations were cut by about 25 percent.The Reveille (Louisiana State University)
Just raising rates for those who cannot self-generate, while those who can do so leave the grid, is not acceptable to us, as a matter of community well-being and fairness.Peter Rosegg

Examples of self-generate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, drawing on Gaza’s historic role as a major trading hub, a concerted strategy of redevelopment, echoing Wolfensohn’s 2005 plan, must be put in place to allow Gaza to move from international assistance to a self-generating economy. Jean-Pierre Filiu, Foreign Affairs, 1 Jan. 2024 But any holiday weekend cheer that may have existed seemed largely to be self-generated, as the muted skies showed little willingness to create a celebratory spirit. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2023 QuickBooks, for example, can automate your invoicing so invoices self-generate every month and are automatically sent to clients. Adam Coffey, Forbes, 17 July 2023 Endel has also worked with artists including James Blake to make versions of their music that self-generate via AI into functional soundscapes, and the company’s co-founder and CEO, Oleg Stavitsky, sees that technology as a way for labels to reclaim market share. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2023 These days, his many succulents are self-generated. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-generate was in 1875

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“Self-generate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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