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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.
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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.
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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


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3. See discover.
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  • The power of origination is open to anyone, and we can either affirm the power or deny it.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe

  • I cannot separate the origination of ideas from the reception of ideas.

    The Private Library

    Arthur L. Humphreys

  • Of origination there is no speck in his reflections or spark in his style.

  • But what conception are we to form of the nature and mode of this Origination?

    The Theistic Conception of the World

    B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker

  • To ascribe the origination of order to law is a manifest evasion of the real problem.


    Robert Flint

British Dictionary definitions for origination


  1. to come or bring into being
  2. (intr) US and Canadian (of a bus, train, etc) to begin its journey at a specified point
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Derived Formsorigination, nounoriginator, noun
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Word Origin and History for origination


1640s, from Middle French origination (15c.), from Latin originationem (nominative originatio), from originem (see original (adj.)).

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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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origination in Medicine


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