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[en-jen-der] /ɛnˈdʒɛn dər/
verb (used with object)
to produce, cause, or give rise to:
Hatred engenders violence.
to beget; procreate.
verb (used without object)
to be produced or caused; come into existence:
Conditions for a war were engendering in Europe.
1275-1325; Middle English < Old French engendrer < Latin ingenerāre, equivalent to in- en-1 + generāre to beget; see generate
Related forms
engenderer, noun
engenderment, noun
unengendered, adjective
1. beget, occasion, excite, stir up. 1, 2. create, generate, breed. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for engendered


(transitive) to bring about or give rise to; produce or cause
to be born or cause to be born; bring or come into being
Derived Forms
engenderer, noun
engenderment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French engendrer, from Latin ingenerāre, from generāre to beget
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Word Origin and History for engendered



early 14c., "beget, procreate," from Old French engendrer (12c.) "engender, beget, bear; cause, bring about," from Latin ingenerare "to implant, engender, produce," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + generare "beget, create" (see generation). Meaning "cause, produce" is mid-14c. Related: Engendered; engendering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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