[ jen-uh-reyt ]
/ ˈdʒɛn əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing.

verb (used without object), gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing.

to reproduce; propagate.

Nearby words

  1. generalized tonic-clonic seizure,
  2. generalized vaccinia,
  3. generalized xanthelasma,
  4. generally,
  5. generalship,
  6. generating plant,
  7. generation,
  8. generation c,
  9. generation gap,
  10. generation jones

Origin of generate

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin generātus produced, past participle of generāre to beget; see genus

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British Dictionary definitions for pregenerate


/ (ˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt) /

verb (mainly tr)

to produce or bring into being; create
(also intr) to produce (electricity), esp in a power station
to produce (a substance) by a chemical process
maths linguistics to provide a precise criterion or specification for membership in (a set)these rules will generate all the noun phrases in English
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



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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