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.
- o·rig·i·na·ble [uh-rij-uh-nuh-buhl], /əˈrɪdʒ ə nə bəl/, 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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How to use originate in a sentence
China, where the virus originated, initially sought to hide information about the virus.50 million world Covid-19 cases: The biggest outbreaks, explained | Christina Animashaun | November 9, 2020 | Vox
While herd immunity is the theory behind vaccine programs, the concept originated in veterinary medicine and livestock management in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.The idea of herd immunity to manage the coronavirus should ring alarm bells | Rebecca Kaplan | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
From “Carrie” to “It” — works so nice they made them twice — many of our favorites originated in the pages of his novels.Stephen King on how to properly adapt his books and which project went ‘entirely off the rails’ | Travis Andrews | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
They have used “spoofing” technology to give the appearance that their calls originated from lines within the county police department.Phony police officers scam $1.5 million from Maryland residents | Dan Morse | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
The complaint says, “Google estimates that, in 2019, almost 50 percent of its search traffic originated on Apple devices.”Does the Google antitrust case make an Apple search engine more likely? | Greg Sterling | October 28, 2020 | Search Engine Land
“Elizabeth Warren is the originator,” he said of the comment that energized Republicans in the 2012 race.
Sidle up to the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel, the alleged originator of the Bloody Mary.
Barghouti, its originator and primary spokesman, is not shy about pointing this out.
At least 30 percent of the loans included in SACO came from a mortgage originator called AHM.Will Bankers Ever Go to Jail? 10 Questions Answered | Matthew Zeitlin | October 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jim had been one of the promoters of the “super-predator” theory, though he was not its originator.James Q. Wilson Greatest Strength, Admitting When He Was Wrong | David Frum | March 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The former are made and fulfilled by its glorious Originator; the latter are enjoined and obligatory on man.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
Its originator, now a millionaire, is proud of relating that he arrived in Madrid with two dollars in his pocket.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
She could hardly say she was the originator and still she had participated.Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School | Jessie Graham Flower
Were you not the originator of this outrageous plot, Miss Pierson?Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School | Jessie Graham Flower
Financier and statesman, founder of the Bank of France, originator of the Mississippi scheme, etc.Introduction to the Science of Sociology | Robert E. Park
British Dictionary definitions for originate
to come or bring into being
(intr) US and Canadian (of a bus, train, etc) to begin its journey at a specified point
- origination, noun
- originator, noun
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