verb (used with object), gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing.
- generalized tonic-clonic seizure,
- generalized vaccinia,
- generalized xanthelasma,
- generating plant,
- generation c,
- generation gap,
- generation jones
Origin of generate
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 whole purpose of the gang is to generate money for its incarcerated leaders.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs|Seth Ferranti|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I wanted to prove to my father that I could generate some income.Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, American Great, Dead at 82|Tim Teeman|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The constant streams of evaluative data that teachers must generate present a similar irony.A Teacher Returns to the Classroom and Gets Schooled|Nick Romeo|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is hardly the first time campaigns or committees have used video games to generate support and cash.The GOP's Weird Anti-Dem Video Game, Starring a Frat-Boy Elephant|Asawin Suebsaeng|August 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"In that tiny ship we generate more than one million times that power," Arcot said.Invaders from the Infinite|John Wood Campbell
And you believe that any one who could generate a ray such as you describe could control the motion of the earth?The Man Who Rocked the Earth|Arthur Train
Dynamos are used to generate the current for heating and lighting purposes.Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity|Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
As to our bodily life we eat and drink, generate and are generated just like all animals.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I|Martin Luther
Osseogen is the composition the constituents of which are necessary to generate perfect bone tissue.Valere Aude|Louis Dechmann
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin 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.