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[uh-rij-uh-neyt] /əˈrɪdʒ əˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), originated, originating.
to take its origin or rise; begin; start; arise:
The practice originated during the Middle Ages.
(of a train, bus, or other public conveyance) to begin a scheduled run at a specified place:
This train originates at Philadelphia.
verb (used with object), originated, originating.
to give origin or rise to; initiate; invent:
to originate a better method.
Origin of originate
1645-55; probably back formation from origination (< F) < Latin orīginātiō etymology; see origin, -ate1, ion
Related forms
[uh-rij-uh-nuh-buh l] /əˈrɪdʒ ə nə bəl/ (Show IPA),
origination, noun
originator, noun
self-originated, adjective
self-originating, adjective
self-origination, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for originate


to come or bring into being
(intransitive) (US & Canadian) (of a bus, train, etc) to begin its journey at a specified point
Derived Forms
origination, noun
originator, noun
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Word Origin and History for originate

1650s, probably a back-formation of origination. In earliest reference it meant "to trace the origin of;" meaning "to bring into existence" is from 1650s; intransitive sense of "to come into existence" is from 1775. Related: Originated; originating.

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originate in Medicine

originate o·rig·i·nate (ə-rĭj'ə-nāt')
v. o·rig·i·nat·ed, o·rig·i·nat·ing, o·rig·i·nates

  1. To bring into being; create.

  2. To come into being; start.

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