generate

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

Essential Meaning of generate

1 : to produce (something) or cause (something) to be produced windmills used to generate electricity generate heat See More ExamplesThis business should generate a lot of revenue. We hope to generate some new ideas at the meeting. a computer-generated list [=a list that was made by a computer program]Hide
2 : to be the cause of or reason for (something, such as interest or excitement) His theories have generated a great deal of interest among other scientists. Her comments have generated a good deal of excitement/controversy. They have been unable to generate much support for their proposals.

Full Definition of generate

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 suspenseAtlantic
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

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Examples of generate in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Some terms don’t generate interest for more than these groups and beyond these topics. Adam M. Carrington, National Review, 3 Oct. 2021 Then the summer was less windy than usual, so wind turbines didn’t generate as much energy as expected. Cathy Bussewitz, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Oct. 2021 Her death didn't generate a wave of coverage and her legacy might be unknown to many, but Gilmer influenced generations of students and young people. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Oct. 2021 Then the summer was less windy than usual, so wind turbines didn’t generate as much energy as expected. Cathy Bussewitz, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Oct. 2021 But a computer simulation of a weather system does not generate actual weather. Quanta Magazine, 30 Sep. 2021 On top of that, the debt payments are backloaded, meaning the hotel tax will have to generate even more income in the final years of payments. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Gig jobs allowed for flexibility in which people who found themselves in these circumstances were able to generate income, pay the bills, and still care for their families. Kara Dennison, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Stanford didn’t generate a first down until midway through the second quarter, on its sixth drive. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of generate

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for generate

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

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The first known use of generate was in 1509

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“Generate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generate. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for generate

generate

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

Kids Definition of generate

: to cause to come into being Windmills can generate electricity. Her comments have generated excitement.

generate

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

Medical Definition of generate

transitive verb

: to bring into existence especially : procreate generate innumerable offspring

intransitive verb

: to produce offspring : propagate

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