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[ uh-rij-uh-neyt ]

verb (used without object)

, o·rig·i·nat·ed, o·rig·i·nat·ing.
  1. to take its origin or rise; begin; start; arise:

    The practice originated during the Middle Ages.

  2. (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.
  1. to give origin or rise to; initiate; invent:

    to originate a better method.


/ əˈrɪdʒɪˌneɪt /


  1. to come or bring into being
  2. intr (of a bus, train, etc) to begin its journey at a specified point

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Derived Forms

  • oˌrigiˈnation, noun
  • oˈrigiˌnator, noun
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Other Words From

  • o·rig·i·na·ble [uh, -, rij, -, uh, -n, uh, -b, uh, l], adjective
  • o·rigi·nation noun
  • o·rigi·nator noun
  • self-o·rigi·nated adjective
  • self-o·rigi·nating adjective
  • self-o·rigi·nation noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of originate1

First recorded in 1645–55; probably back formation from origination (from French ), from Latin orīginātiō “etymology”; origin, -ate 1, ion
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Example Sentences

If we do one day discover life on Mars, it may be difficult to tell whether it originated there or drifted over from another planetary body.

Scientists still debate whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus originated in a bat or a pangolin.

A conspiracy theory website, Gateway Pundit, spread the allegations, which originated with a group called My Party Was Changed Oregon.

Perhaps the most exciting possibility is that this FRB and others may originate from magnetars—a still-mysterious type of neutron star thought to have an extremely powerful magnetic field.

Many viruses, of course, originate in populations of wild animals that evolved to withstand their negative impacts.

In wearing it, Hurley helped originate a wider revolution, too.

Where did this climate of fear originate within the Murdoch organization?

But where do air pollutants in northern China, in particular Beijing, originate?

The title will apparently remain “Late Show” and the program will still originate from The Ed Sullivan Theater.

And aside from that, it was likely unconstitutional because bills that raise revenue must originate in the House.

Large mononuclear leukocytes probably originate in the bone-marrow or spleen.

A rumbling sound that did not originate in the thunder caps above jerked Black Hood's attention from the drain.

It is difficult to believe that they originate at less than a hundred miles below the earth's surface.

Not less than the power to originate the great movement that has taken place, is requisite ability to direct it aright.

Our thoughts should originate from sound sense and reasoning, and always be the result of our judgment.





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