Definitions for originateəˈrɪdʒ əˌneɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•rig•i•nateəˈrɪdʒ əˌneɪt(v.)-nat•ed, -nat•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to take or have origin; arise.

  2. (of a public conveyance) to begin a scheduled run at a specified place.

  3. (v.t.)to give origin or rise to; initiate.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. originate, arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, grow(verb)

    come into existence; take on form or shape

    "A new religious movement originated in that country"; "a love that sprang up from friendship"; "the idea for the book grew out of a short story"; "An interesting phenomenon uprose"

  2. originate, initiate, start(verb)

    bring into being

    "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"

  3. originate(verb)

    begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc.

    "The flight originates in Calcutta"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. originate(verb)əˈrɪdʒ əˌneɪt

    to first happen or exist

    The story originated in the Middle East

  2. originateəˈrɪdʒ əˌneɪt

    to cause to begin or exist

    Who originated that term?


  1. originate(Verb)

    To cause to be, to bring into existence; to produce, initiate.

  2. originate(Verb)

    To come into existence; to have origin or beginning; to spring, be derived (from, with).

    The scheme originated with the governor and council.

  3. Origin: From (the participle stem of) , from origo. Compare origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'originate' in Verbs Frequency: #878

Translations for originate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to bring or come into being

That style of painting originated in China.

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