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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Example sentences
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 boom eventually generated a billion dollars in gold.
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