[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. engel's law,
  2. engelmann spruce,
  3. engelmann's disease,
  4. engels,
  5. engels, friedrich,
  6. enghien,
  7. enghien, d',
  8. engild,
  9. engin.,
  10. engine

Origin of engender

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French engendrer < Latin ingenerāre, equivalent to in- en-1 + generāre to beget; see generate

Related formsen·gen·der·er, nounen·gen·der·ment, nounun·en·gen·dered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for engender


/ (ɪnˈdʒɛndə) /


(tr) to bring about or give rise to; produce or cause
to be born or cause to be born; bring or come into being
Derived Formsengenderer, nounengenderment, noun

Word Origin for engender

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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