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jĕnə-rāt
To bring into being; cause to be.

To generate hope.

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(computers) To produce (a program) by instructing a computer to follow given parameters with a skeleton program.
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To bring into being; give rise to.

Generate a discussion.

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To engender (offspring); procreate.
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(mathematics) To form a figure from a curve or solid.

Rotating a circle generates a sphere.

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(mathematics) To form (a geometric figure) by describing a curve or surface.
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To engender offspring; procreate.
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To generate is defined as to produce, create or cause to be.

An example of to generate is turning on a heater, making a room warm.

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(linguistics) In generative grammar, to construct (a sentence, for example) through the successive application of linguistic operations, rules, and conditions.
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To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process.

Generate heat.

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(geom.) To trace out or form ( a curve, plane, or figure) by the motion of a point, line, or plane.
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To originate or produce by a physical, chemical, mechanical, electronic, or mathematical process.

To generate electricity, software that generates graphs.

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To produce in great quantities.

An office that generates a lot of paperwork.

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To bring into being; give rise to.

The discussion generated an uproar.

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To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process.

Adding concentrated sulphuric acid to water generates heat.

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They generated many offspring.

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(intransitive) To appear or occur; be generated.
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To produce (offspring); beget; procreate.
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Origin of generate

  • Latin generāre generāt- to produce from genus gener- birth genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin generātus, perfect passive participle of generō (“beget, procreate, produce”), from genus (“a kind, race, family”); see genus.

    From Wiktionary