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.
Origin of generate
Synonyms for generate
Related Words for generatespawn, develop, engender, make, provoke, cause, achieve, procreate, accomplish, form, perform, breed, induce, hatch, beget, parent, effect, bear, propagate, introduce
Examples from the Web for generate
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of generate
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
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.