generate

[jen-uh-reyt]
verb (used with object), generated, generating.
1.
to bring into existence; cause to be; produce.
2.
to create by a vital or natural process.
3.
to create and distribute vitally and profusely: He generates ideas that we all should consider. A good diplomat generates good will.
4.
to reproduce; procreate.
5.
to produce by a chemical process.
6.
Mathematics.
a.
to trace (a figure) by the motion of a point, straight line, or curve.
b.
to act as base for all the elements of a given set: The number 2 generates the set 2, 4, 8, 16.
7.
Linguistics. 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), generated, generating.
8.
to reproduce; propagate.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin generātus produced, past participle of generāre to beget; see genus

intergenerating, adjective
nongenerating, adjective
pregenerate, verb (used with object), pregenerated, pregenerating.
ungenerated, adjective
ungenerating, adjective


1. create, evolve, originate, engender, institute.
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generate (ˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt)
 
vb
1.  to produce or bring into being; create
2.  (also intr) to produce (electricity), esp in a power station
3.  to produce (a substance) by a chemical process
4.  maths, linguistics to provide a precise criterion or specification for membership in (a set): these rules will generate all the noun phrases in English
5.  geometry 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 generāre to beget, from genus kind]

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generate definition


To produce something according to an algorithm or program or set of rules, or as a (possibly unintended) side effect of the execution of an algorithm or program.
The opposite of parse.
[Jargon File]
(1995-06-15)

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Example sentences
Your intestinal flora gamely generate enzymes so you can digest it.
Higher education always seems to generate controversy.
Many music singles are released for sale ahead of their albums to generate
  early sales and create interest in the full collection.
However, it can also help you generate various reports.
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