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engender

[ en-jen-der ]
/ ɛnˈdʒɛn dər /
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Definition of engender

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.
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Origin of engender

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

OTHER WORDS FROM engender

en·gen·der·er, nounen·gen·der·ment, nounun·en·gen·dered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for engender

engender
/ (ɪnˈdʒɛndə) /

verb
(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 forms of engender

engenderer, nounengenderment, noun

Word Origin for engender

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