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.

Origin of originate

1645–55; probably back formation from origination (< F) < Latin orīginātiō etymology; see origin, -ate1, ion
Related formso·rig·i·na·ble [uh-rij-uh-nuh-buh l] /əˈrɪdʒ ə nə bəl/, adjectiveo·rig·i·na·tion, nouno·rig·i·na·tor, nounself-o·rig·i·nat·ed, adjectiveself-o·rig·i·nat·ing, adjectiveself-o·rig·i·na·tion, noun

Synonyms for originate

3. See discover.
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Contemporary Examples of originating

  • While originating from cannabis sativa, like pot, it contains only a negligible amount of THC (the psychedelic chemical in weed).

  • Gloria Steinem, Time, 156, no. 15, p.20: Steinem disclaimed credit for originating the feminist expression.

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  • It seems the earliest known rope play was found in 17th-century drawings known as komon sarashi shibari, originating in Japan.

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  • Originating in New Orleans, Creole cuisine is the result of influences from the many nationalities who settled in the city.

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Historical Examples of originating

British Dictionary definitions for originating



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 originating



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.

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originating in Medicine




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