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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.
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 generates
  • Org, which generates its content from contributions by an online community.
  • Since currency usually pays no interest, the difference in interest generates income.
  • This deflection also generates horizontal drag along the direction of the wind.
  • It is this variation in acceptable areal solution that generates the term modifiable.
  • Every output generates a signal an electric voltage of variable strength.
  • Paints a paint generates the colors to be used for each pixel of the fill operation.
  • The simplest paint is , which generates the same color for all pixels.
  • This also generates hypothesis and stimulates ideas and perhaps further research.
  • This generates a need for transportation, light industry, and services.
British Dictionary definitions for generates


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 generates



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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