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.
6. Mathematics. a.
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), generated, generating.
to reproduce; propagate.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English Related forms
< Latin generātus
produced, past participle of generāre
to beget; see genus
pregenerate, verb (used with object), pregenerated, pregenerating.
1. create, evolve, originate, engender, institute.