- 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.
- to give origin or rise to; initiate; invent: to originate a better method.
Origin of originate
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Examples from the Web for originator
“Elizabeth Warren is the originator,” he said of the comment that energized Republicans in the 2012 race.How Will Cuba Play In Peoria?
December 21, 2014
Barghouti, its originator and primary spokesman, is not shy about pointing this out.Brooklyn College And The BDS Debate
February 7, 2013
Jim had been one of the promoters of the “super-predator” theory, though he was not its originator.James Q. Wilson Greatest Strength, Admitting When He Was Wrong
March 6, 2012
Tricia Romano talks to Margaret Cho and “It Gets Better” originator Dan Savage to try to figure it out.Can Gay Jokes Be Funny (Anymore)?
October 23, 2010
Mr. Freese was the originator of the celebrated outline maps.Cleveland Past and Present
The latter is complete—it is the mastery of an originator of style.The Letters of Robert Burns
She could hardly say she was the originator and still she had participated.
Were you not the originator of this outrageous plot, Miss Pierson?
Whatever their value, De Quincey has of course no claim to be an originator.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
- to come or bring into being
- (intr) US and Canadian (of a bus, train, etc) to begin its journey at a specified point
Word Origin and History for originator
1818, agent noun in Latin form from 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.
- To bring into being; create.
- To come into being; start.