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[en-jen-der] /ɛnˈdʒɛn dər/
verb (used with object)
to produce, cause, or give rise to:
Hatred engenders violence.
to beget; procreate.
verb (used without object)
to be produced or caused; come into existence:
Conditions for a war were engendering in Europe.
Origin of engender
1275-1325; Middle English < Old French engendrer < Latin ingenerāre, equivalent to in- en-1 + generāre to beget; see generate
Related forms
engenderer, noun
engenderment, noun
unengendered, adjective
1. beget, occasion, excite, stir up. 1, 2. create, generate, breed. Unabridged
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  • Youth demands its share in every study that can engender a power or a delight.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • Man is made for society and not for solitude, and solitude can only engender despair.

  • As I told Weener, if you create a capacity, you engender an appetite.

  • It usually applies to a strong current, apt to engender a sort of vortex.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • It was impossible that the place should not engender some thought of the kind.

    A Struggle For Life Thomas Bailey Aldrich
British Dictionary definitions for engender


(transitive) to bring about or give rise to; produce or cause
to be born or cause to be born; bring or come into being
Derived Forms
engenderer, noun
engenderment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French engendrer, from Latin ingenerāre, from generāre to beget
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Word Origin and History for engender

early 14c., "beget, procreate," from Old French engendrer (12c.) "engender, beget, bear; cause, bring about," from Latin ingenerare "to implant, engender, produce," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + generare "beget, create" (see generation). Meaning "cause, produce" is mid-14c. Related: Engendered; engendering.

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