- to bring into existence; cause to be; produce.
- to create by a vital or natural process.
- to create and distribute vitally and profusely: He generates ideas that we all should consider. A good diplomat generates good will.
- to reproduce; procreate.
- to produce by a chemical process.
- to trace (a figure) by the motion of a point, straight line, or curve.
- to act as base for all the elements of a given set: The number 2 generates the set 2, 4, 8, 16.
- Linguistics. to produce or specify (a grammatical sentence or other construction or set of constructions) by the application of a rule or set of rules in a generative grammar.
- to reproduce; propagate.
Origin of generate
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Examples from the Web for generate
For the Brogpas, transforming into a tourist attraction may offer their community a way to generate much-needed income.The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans
January 3, 2015
The whole purpose of the gang is to generate money for its incarcerated leaders.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
December 11, 2014
I wanted to prove to my father that I could generate some income.Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, American Great, Dead at 82
October 21, 2014
But there are also many reasons for having abortions that generate far more judgment and stigma.Wendy Davis and the 'Good Abortion' Myth
September 10, 2014
The constant streams of evaluative data that teachers must generate present a similar irony.A Teacher Returns to the Classroom and Gets Schooled
September 1, 2014
Nothing had yet occurred to generate in me any fear before the face of man.Wilfrid Cumbermede
When we give in or conform to this seduction we generate Sin.The Romance of the Soul
Arthritis and gout have been known to generate criminality in the descendants.Criminal Man
They are built on planets and generate tremendous amounts of power.The Repairman
Just what kind of turns with what around what did you make to generate a psi force?Sense from Thought Divide
Mark Irvin Clifton
- to produce or bring into being; create
- (also intr) to produce (electricity), esp in a power station
- to produce (a substance) by a chemical process
- maths linguistics to provide a precise criterion or specification for membership in (a set)these rules will generate all the noun phrases in English
- geometry to trace or form by moving a point, line, or plane in a specific waycircular motion of a line generates a cylinder
Word Origin and History for generate
c.1500, "to beget" (offspring), a back-formation from generation or else from Latin generatus, past participle of generare "to beget, produce" (see generation); originally "to beget;" in reference to natural forces, conditions, substances, etc., attested from 1560s. Related: Generated; generating.