- To engender is defined as to cause something to happen or come into being.
An example of engender is when you make a controversial remark that angers people.
- Archaic to beget
- to bring into being; bring about; cause; produce: pity engendered love
Origin: Middle English engendren ; from Old French engendrer ; from Classical Latin ingenerare, to beget ; from in-, inch(es) plush generare: see generate
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
verb en·gen·dered, en·gen·der·ing, en·gen·ders verb, transitive
- To bring into existence; give rise to: “Every cloud engenders not a storm” (Shakespeare).
- To procreate; propagate.
Origin: Middle English engendren, from Old French engendrer, from Latin ingenerāre : in-, in; see en-1 + generāre, to produce; see generate.
- en·genˈder·er noun