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verb (used with object)
to bring into existence; cause to be; produce.
to create by a vital or natural process.
to create and distribute vitally and profusely:
He generates ideas that we all should consider. A good diplomat generates good will.
to reproduce; procreate.
to produce by a chemical process.
to trace (a figure) by the motion of a point, straight line, or curve.
to act as base for all the elements of a given set:
The number 2 generates the set 2, 4, 8, 16.
to produce or specify (a grammatical sentence or other construction or set of constructions) by the application of a rule or set of rules in a generative grammar.
verb (used without object)
to reproduce; propagate.
produced, past participle of
to beget; see
verb (used with object),
create, evolve, originate, engender, institute.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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British Dictionary definitions for
to produce or bring into being; create
) to produce (electricity), esp in a power station
to produce (a substance) by a chemical process
) to provide a precise criterion or specification for membership in (a set)
these rules will generate all the noun phrases in English
) to trace or form by moving a point, line, or plane in a specific way
circular motion of a line generates a cylinder
C16: from Latin
to beget, from
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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