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GENERATE

gen·er·ate

transitive verb \ˈje-nə-ˌrāt\


: to produce (something) or cause (something) to be produced


: to be the cause of or reason for (something, such as interest or excitement)


gen·er·at·ed

gen·er·at·ing

Full Definition of GENERATE

1: to bring into existence: as


a : procreate, beget


b : to originate by a vital, chemical, or physical process : produce <generate electricity>


2: to be the cause of (a situation, action, or state of mind) <these stories…generate a good deal of psychological suspense — Atlantic>


3: to define or originate (as a mathematical or linguistic set or structure) by the application of one or more rules or operations; especially : to trace out (as a curve) by a moving point or trace out (as a surface) by a moving curve

Examples of GENERATE

  1. windmills used to generate electricity
  2. This business should generate a lot of revenue.
  3. We hope to generate some new ideas at the meeting.
  4. His theories have generated a great deal of interest among other scientists.
  5. Her comments have generated a good deal of excitement.
  6. They have been unable to generate much support for their proposals.


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Medical Definition of GENERATE

transitive verb

: to bring into existence; especially

: procreate <generate innumerable offspring>


intransitive verb

: to produce offspring : propagate