generate

[jen-uh-reyt]
verb (used with object), gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing.
  1. to bring into existence; cause to be; produce.
  2. to create by a vital or natural process.
  3. to create and distribute vitally and profusely: He generates ideas that we all should consider. A good diplomat generates good will.
  4. to reproduce; procreate.
  5. to produce by a chemical process.
  6. Mathematics.
    1. to trace (a figure) by the motion of a point, straight line, or curve.
    2. to act as base for all the elements of a given set: The number 2 generates the set 2, 4, 8, 16.
  7. Linguistics. to produce or specify (a grammatical sentence or other construction or set of constructions) by the application of a rule or set of rules in a generative grammar.
verb (used without object), gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing.
  1. to reproduce; propagate.

Origin of generate

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin generātus produced, past participle of generāre to beget; see genus
Related formsin·ter·gen·er·at·ing, adjectivenon·gen·er·at·ing, adjectivepre·gen·er·ate, verb (used with object), pre·gen·er·at·ed, pre·gen·er·at·ing.un·gen·er·at·ed, adjectiveun·gen·er·at·ing, adjective

Synonyms for generate

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British Dictionary definitions for pregenerate

generate

verb (mainly tr)
  1. to produce or bring into being; create
  2. (also intr) to produce (electricity), esp in a power station
  3. to produce (a substance) by a chemical process
  4. maths linguistics to provide a precise criterion or specification for membership in (a set)these rules will generate all the noun phrases in English
  5. geometry to trace or form by moving a point, line, or plane in a specific waycircular motion of a line generates a cylinder

Word Origin for generate

C16: from Latin generāre to beget, from genus kind
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Word Origin and History for pregenerate

generate

v.

c.1500, "to beget" (offspring), a back-formation from generation or else from Latin generatus, past participle of generare "to beget, produce" (see generation); originally "to beget;" in reference to natural forces, conditions, substances, etc., attested from 1560s. Related: Generated; generating.

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