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

Definition of self-generate

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

First Known Use of self-generate

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-generate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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