- 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 generated
Having finally seen Selma on November 17, I must report, sadly, that I do not share the enthusiasm the film has generated so far.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
Not to mention the revenue that will be generated by this, which then can be used to fund education and health care.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It
December 13, 2014
“These events have generated more than 50,000 talks in 40-plus languages,” a spokesperson wrote.TEDx Talks Have a Disability Problem—but This Incredible Young Woman Is Working to Change That
November 5, 2014
With more than $500 million generated annually, maybe they should call it “matri-money.”Gay Weddings Come to Las Vegas’s Elvis Chapel
John L. Smith
October 17, 2014
Revenue is generated from the sale of crude oil, according to Luay al-Khatteeb, an energy expert at the Brookings Doha Center.How to Cut Off ISIS Terror Tycoons
September 26, 2014
It was the very love of what was good that generated in him doubt and anxiety.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Gasolene seems to be the best, or perhaps steam, generated by gasolene.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
And now let us consider the happiness of the man, and also of the State in which a creature like him is generated.
After this manner the democrat was generated out of the oligarch?
Yes, he said, that is the way in which the tyrannical man is generated.
- 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 generated
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.