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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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  • Along the way all that energy flow engenders all this material transformation and emergence happens at the scale transitions.
  • The system is crazy and engenders bad feeling all around.
  • To that extent, he is to blame for the cynicism his freedom talk now engenders.
  • Talking in terms of morality engenders a sort of absolutist context.
  • It's not that welfare has made food cheap and plentiful but that it engenders personally irresponsible behavior.
  • And it takes away not one whit of the awe and sheer amazement such an event engenders.
  • Because people who have have written papers and given presentations on how it engenders misunderstanding.
  • Xu was candid about the skepticism, even disdain, that his proposal engenders among orthodox archaeologists.
  • Such sacralization is a disservice, smothering the critical dialogue that great literature engenders.
  • Cultivating food engenders a deep understanding of the considerable resources and effort needed to produce it.
British Dictionary definitions for engenders


(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 engenders



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.

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