[ en-jen-der ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to produce, cause, or give rise to: Hatred engenders violence.

  2. to beget; procreate.

verb (used without object)
  1. to be produced or caused; come into existence: Conditions for a war were engendering in Europe.

Origin of engender

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

Other words for engender

Other words from engender

  • en·gen·der·er, noun
  • en·gen·der·ment, noun
  • un·en·gen·dered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for engender


/ (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

Origin of engender

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

Derived forms of engender

  • engenderer, noun
  • engenderment, noun

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