originate

[ uh-rij-uh-neyt ]
/ əˈrɪdʒ əˌneɪt /

verb (used without object), o·rig·i·nat·ed, o·rig·i·nat·ing.

to take its origin or rise; begin; start; arise: The practice originated during the Middle Ages.
(of a train, bus, or other public conveyance) to begin a scheduled run at a specified place: This train originates at Philadelphia.

verb (used with object), o·rig·i·nat·ed, o·rig·i·nat·ing.

to give origin or rise to; initiate; invent: to originate a better method.

Nearby words

  1. original equipment manufacturer,
  2. original gum,
  3. original sin,
  4. originality,
  5. originally,
  6. origination,
  7. origination fee,
  8. originative,
  9. originator,
  10. orihon

Origin of originate

1645–55; probably back formation from origination (< F) < Latin orīginātiō etymology; see origin, -ate1, ion

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British Dictionary definitions for originate

originate

/ (əˈrɪdʒɪˌneɪt) /

verb

to come or bring into being
(intr) US and Canadian (of a bus, train, etc) to begin its journey at a specified point
Derived Formsorigination, nounoriginator, noun

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Word Origin and History for originate

originate

v.

1650s, probably a back-formation of origination. In earliest reference it meant "to trace the origin of;" meaning "to bring into existence" is from 1650s; intransitive sense of "to come into existence" is from 1775. Related: Originated; originating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for originate

originate

[ ə-rĭjə-nāt′ ]

v.

To bring into being; create.
To come into being; start.

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