verb (used with object), gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing.
- to trace (a figure) by the motion of a point, straight line, or curve.
- to act as base for all the elements of a given set: The number 2 generates the set 2, 4, 8, 16.
verb (used without object), gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing.
- generalized tonic-clonic seizure,
- generalized vaccinia,
- generalized xanthelasma,
- generating plant,
- generation c,
- generation gap,
- generation jones
Origin of generate
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for generate
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.