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[ en-jen-der ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to produce, cause, or give rise to:

    Hatred engenders violence.

    Synonyms: breed, generate, create, excite, occasion, beget

  2. to beget; procreate.

    Synonyms: breed, generate, create

verb (used without object)

  1. to be produced or caused; come into existence:

    Conditions for a war were engendering in Europe.


/ ɪnˈdʒɛndə /


  1. tr to bring about or give rise to; produce or cause
  2. to be born or cause to be born; bring or come into being

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Derived Forms

  • enˈgenderment, noun
  • enˈgenderer, noun

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Other Words From

  • en·gender·er noun
  • en·gender·ment noun
  • unen·gendered adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of engender1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, from Old French engendrer, from Latin ingenerāre, from in- en- 1 + generāre “to beget” ( generate )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of engender1

C14: from Old French engendrer, from Latin ingenerāre, from generāre to beget

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Example Sentences

At the same time, dreaming creates narratives that unfold in our minds across time and allows us to experience the thoughts, sensations, and emotions engendered by those narratives.

Many of our dreams may feel strange and meaningless, but a surprising number of them seem to engender in us a strong sense of their importance.

The first hurdle is engendering confidence in the vaccine development process.

That is what it is about, engendering compromise and moderation.

From Vox

The initial response by many on Twitter to Facebook’s announcements was decidedly skeptical, reflecting the deep levels of mistrust the company has engendered after years of privacy scandals and a reluctance to police its platforms.

From Fortune

His policies helped engender the rise of an intolerant and severe nationalism that conflates piety with patriotism.

Many of the corporations affected by counterfeiting engender a widespread lack of sympathy and trust in the general public.

King: We must expunge from our society the myths and half-truths that engender such groundless fears as these.

But their point is to show how strong Putin is rather than engender competition.

Moreover, it will engender even greater dissatisfaction among the population.

The air grows heavy and seems to engender invisible beings, who have life and whose presence can be felt.

There are, however, two motives which engender this belief and give form and colour to the ideas and emotions springing from them.

Also, whether the Monsters are endowed with reasonable Souls; and whether the Devils can engender; is here briefly discussed.

He was utterly without that didactic pedantry which yachting has a fatal tendency to engender in men who profess it.

It is the effect of marriage to engender in several directions some of the reserve it annihilates in one.





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