engender

[en-jen-der]

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.

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

Synonyms for engender

1. beget, occasion, excite, stir up. 1, 2. create, generate, breed.
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British Dictionary definitions for engenderment

engender

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 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 engenderment

engender

v.

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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