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[jen-uh-reyt] /ˈdʒɛn əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), generated, generating.
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.
  1. to trace (a figure) by the motion of a point, straight line, or curve.
  2. to act as base for all the elements of a given set:
    The number 2 generates the set 2, 4, 8, 16.
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.
to reproduce; propagate.
Origin of generate
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin generātus produced, past participle of generāre to beget; see genus
Related forms
intergenerating, adjective
nongenerating, adjective
pregenerate, verb (used with object), pregenerated, pregenerating.
ungenerated, adjective
ungenerating, adjective
1. create, evolve, originate, engender, institute. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for generated
  • The rate of funding has declined as locally generated government revenues have grown.
  • The tirade generated by this combination is not only genuinely and highly dramatic: it is possibly poetry also.
  • Within this group, contributions to noise are potentially generated from multiple sources.
  • The bladders were the first lab-generated human organs implanted in people.
  • The computer-generated images of the reptiles are impressive.
  • Both episodes intersperse commentary from paleontologists with computer-generated restorations of the dinosaurs.
  • The boom eventually generated a billion dollars in gold.
  • As for the computer-generated dinosaurs, they trundle across the screen in the stereotyped manner of all big screen dinosaurs.
  • The power to produce the harvest was generated either by horse or human effort as tractors were virtually unknown in our area.
  • Using more than a decade of research, a start-up company is taking computer-generated news articles to a more sophisticated level.
British Dictionary definitions for generated


verb (mainly transitive)
to produce or bring into being; create
(also intransitive) to produce (electricity), esp in a power station
to produce (a substance) by a chemical process
(maths, linguistics) to provide a precise criterion or specification for membership in (a set): these rules will generate all the noun phrases in English
(geometry) to trace or form by moving a point, line, or plane in a specific way: circular motion of a line generates a cylinder
Word Origin
C16: from Latin generāre to beget, from genus kind
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Word Origin and History for generated



c.1500, "to beget" (offspring), a back-formation from generation or else from Latin generatus, past participle of generare "to beget, produce" (see generation); originally "to beget;" in reference to natural forces, conditions, substances, etc., attested from 1560s. Related: Generated; generating.

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