- to produce, cause, or give rise to: Hatred engenders violence.
- to beget; procreate.
- to be produced or caused; come into existence: Conditions for a war were engendering in Europe.
Origin of engender
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Examples from the Web for engender
King: We must expunge from our society the myths and half-truths that engender such groundless fears as these.Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 19, 2014
But their point is to show how strong Putin is rather than engender competition.Russia’s Cynical Foreign Policy Play
September 9, 2013
Moreover, it will engender even greater dissatisfaction among the population.Why The PA Shouldn’t Be Dissolved
Brent E. Sasley
March 4, 2013
In Europe, the European Central Bank is a much newer institution, but still manages to engender strong feelings.Mario Draghi May Become the Man Who Saved Europe—and the World
September 7, 2012
Among observers, she does not engender protective feelings so much as awe—and, among detractors, anxiety.Michelle Obama’s Democratic Convention Speech: What She Needs to Do
September 4, 2012
Youth demands its share in every study that can engender a power or a delight.College Teaching
Man is made for society and not for solitude, and solitude can only engender despair.In Search of the Castaways
As I told Weener, if you create a capacity, you engender an appetite.Greener Than You Think
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
- (tr) to bring about or give rise to; produce or cause
- to be born or cause to be born; bring or come into being
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.