verb (used with object), gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing.

verb (used without object), gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing.

to reproduce; propagate.

Origin of generate

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin generātus produced, past participle of generāre to beget; see genus
Related formsin·ter·gen·er·at·ing, adjectivenon·gen·er·at·ing, adjectivepre·gen·er·ate, verb (used with object), pre·gen·er·at·ed, pre·gen·er·at·ing.un·gen·er·at·ed, adjectiveun·gen·er·at·ing, adjective

Synonyms for generate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for generate

Contemporary Examples of generate

Historical Examples of generate

  • Nothing had yet occurred to generate in me any fear before the face of man.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • When we give in or conform to this seduction we generate Sin.

  • Arthritis and gout have been known to generate criminality in the descendants.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • They are built on planets and generate tremendous amounts of power.

    The Repairman

    Harry Harrison

  • Just what kind of turns with what around what did you make to generate a psi force?

    Sense from Thought Divide

    Mark Irvin Clifton

British Dictionary definitions for generate


verb (mainly tr)

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 for generate

C16: from Latin generāre to beget, from genus kind
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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.

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