generate

verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to bring into existence: such as
b
: to originate by a vital, chemical, or physical process : produce
generate electricity
2
: to be the cause of (a situation, action, or state of mind)
these stories … generate a good deal of psychological suspense Atlantic
3
: to define or originate (something, such as a mathematical or linguistic set or structure) by the application of one or more rules or operations
especially : to trace out (something, such as a curve) by a moving point or to trace out (a surface) by a moving curve

Example Sentences

windmills used to generate electricity This business should generate a lot of revenue. We hope to generate some new ideas at the meeting. His theories have generated a great deal of interest among other scientists. Her comments have generated a good deal of excitement. They have been unable to generate much support for their proposals. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Sheela Lalani is one of many small business owners who depend on social platforms to generate extra holiday revenue. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 17 Nov. 2022 NetEase and its bigger rival Tencent Holdings Ltd. have been relying on existing years old hits to generate revenue, as their new games await approvals. Raffaele Huang, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 The plan, which still needs approval from the California Coastal Commission, attempts to balance the needs of residents with those of the businesses that generate revenue for the Port. Tammy Murgareporter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2022 Still, the ad buy occurs as Musk scrambles to find ways to generate revenue at Twitter, which has often struggled to post a profit over the past decade. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 14 Nov. 2022 In his Wednesday email, Musk warned that the company needs to generate subscription revenue amid the advertising slowdown. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 10 Nov. 2022 A week into owning Twitter, billionaire tech titan Elon Musk fired half the company’s employees, leaving the task of carrying out his aggressive plans to generate new subscription revenue to the remaining 3,700 or so Tweeps. Todd Spangler, Variety, 10 Nov. 2022 Musk — who reportedly borrowed $12 billion to be able to afford the sale — has considered other ways to generate revenue for the company, including charging a subscription fee to most or all users, according to The Verge. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 Twitter relies on advertisers for 90% of its revenue, but Musk has looked for other ways to generate revenue. Amanda Pérez Pintado, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin generatus, past participle of generare, from gener-, genus descent, birth — more at kin

First Known Use

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of generate was in 1509

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Cite this Entry

“Generate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generate. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

generate

verb

gen·​er·​ate ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce generate (audio)
generated; generating
1
: to bring into existence
generate electricity
2
: to be the cause of or reason for
news that generated excitement
generative
-ə-ˌrāt-iv
-(ə-)rət-
adjective

Medical Definition

generate

verb

gen·​er·​ate ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce generate (audio)
generated; generating

transitive verb

: to bring into existence
especially : procreate
generate innumerable offspring

intransitive verb

: to produce offspring : propagate

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