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.

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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 origination

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 forms of originate

origination, nounoriginator, noun
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Medical definitions for origination

originate
[ ə-rĭjə-nāt′ ]

v.

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