An example of to generate is turning on a heater, making a room warm.
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to produce (offspring); beget; procreate
- to bring into being; cause to be: to generate hope
- to originate or produce by a physical, chemical, mechanical, electronic, or mathematical process: to generate electricity, software that generates graphs
- to produce in great quantities: an office that generates a lot of paperwork
- Geom. to trace out or form ( a curve, plane, or figure) by the motion of a point, line, or plane
Origin of generatefrom Classical Latin generatus, past participle of generare, to beget, produce from genus (gen. generis): see genus
transitive verbgen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing, gen·er·ates
- a. To bring into being; give rise to: generate a discussion.b. To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process: generate heat.
- To engender (offspring); procreate.
- Mathematics To form (a geometric figure) by describing a curve or surface.
- Computers To produce (a program) by instructing a computer to follow given parameters with a skeleton program.
- Linguistics In generative grammar, to construct (a sentence, for example) through the successive application of linguistic operations, rules, and conditions.
Origin of generateLatin generāre generāt- to produce from genus gener- birth ; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present generates, present participle generating, simple past and past participle generated)
- To bring into being; give rise to.
- The discussion generated an uproar.
- To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process.
- Adding concentrated sulphuric acid to water generates heat.
- To procreate, beget.
- They generated many offspring.
- (mathematics) To form a figure from a curve or solid.
- Rotating a circle generates a sphere.
- (intransitive) To appear or occur; be generated.