- 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.
- to give origin or rise to; initiate; invent: to originate a better method.
Origin of originate
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Examples from the Web for originate
But where do air pollutants in northern China, in particular Beijing, originate?The Chinese Can’t Catch Their Breath
May 5, 2014
And aside from that, it was likely unconstitutional because bills that raise revenue must originate in the House.Republicans' Cynical Oil Payoff
May 17, 2011
He is the most public face attached to policies he facilitated but did not originate.Last Chance to Get the Bushies
March 9, 2009
This was a moment of exquisite satisfaction; but whence did it originate?Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Such whims are only impressive as we originate them, I think; they are not to be communicated.A Tale of Two Cities
By whom were they exhibited, or with whom did they originate?Imogen
Inflammations of the body come from burnings and inflamings, and all of them originate in bile.Timaeus
But from what quarter is this universal empire in Europe to originate?
- to come or bring into being
- (intr) US and Canadian (of a bus, train, etc) to begin its journey at a specified point
Word Origin and History for originate
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.
- To bring into being; create.
- To come into being; start.