What does generate mean?

Definitions for generate
ˈdʒɛn əˌreɪtgen·er·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. generate, bring forthverb

    bring into existence

    "The new manager generated a lot of problems"; "The computer bug generated chaos in the office"; "The computer generated this image"; "The earthquake generated a tsunami"

  2. render, yield, return, give, generateverb

    give or supply

    "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"; "This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"; "The estate renders some revenue for the family"

  3. generateverb

    produce (energy)

    "We can't generate enough power for the entire city"; "The hydroelectric plant needs to generate more electricity"

  4. beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forthverb

    make children

    "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"


  1. generateverb

    To bring into being; give rise to.

    The discussion generated an uproar.

  2. generateverb

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

    Adding concentrated sulphuric acid to water generates heat.

  3. generateverb

    To procreate, beget.

    They generated many offspring.

  4. generateverb

    To form a figure from a curve or solid.

    Rotating a circle generates a sphere.

  5. generateverb

    To appear or occur; be generated.

  6. Etymology: From generatus, perfect passive participle of genero, from genus; see genus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To GENERATEverb

    Etymology: genero, Latin.

    Those creatures which being wild generate seldom, being tame, generate often. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    God created the great whales, and each
    Soul living, each that crept, which plenteously
    The waters generated by their kinds. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Or find some other way to generate
    Mankind. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 894.

    Sounds are generated where there is no air at all. Francis Bacon.

    Whatever generates a quantity of good chyle, must likewise generate milk. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. generate

    In general, "generate" means to produce, create, bring into existence, or cause something to happen. The term can be used in various fields including mathematics, science, engineering, computing, and more, often implying a process or a cause-and-effect relationship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Generateverb

    to beget; to procreate; to propagate; to produce (a being similar to the parent); to engender; as, every animal generates its own species

  2. Generateverb

    to cause to be; to bring into life

  3. Generateverb

    to originate, especially by a vital or chemical process; to produce; to cause

  4. Generateverb

    to trace out, as a line, figure, or solid, by the motion of a point or a magnitude of inferior order

  5. Etymology: [L. generatus, p. p. of generare to generate, fr. genus. See Genus, Gender.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Generate

    jen′ėr-āt, v.t. to produce: to bring into life: to originate.—adj. Gen′erable, that may be generated or produced.—ns. Gen′erant (math.), a line, point, or figure that produces another figure by its motion; Generā′tion, a producing or originating: a single stage in natural descent: the people of the same age or period: offspring, progeny, race: (pl.) genealogy, history (B.); Generā′tionism, traducianism.—adj. Gen′erātive, having the power of generating or producing.—ns. Gen′erātor, begetter or producer: the principal sound in music; Gen′erātrix (geom.), the point, line, or surface which, by its motion, generates another magnitude.—adjs. Genet′ic, -al, pertaining to genesis or production.—adv. Genet′ically.—ns. Gen′etrix, Gen′itrix, a female parent; Gen′itor, a progenitor; Gen′iture, birth.—Alternation of generations, a complication in the life-history of plants, when the organism produces offspring unlike itself, but giving rise in turn to forms like the original parents; Spontaneous generation, the origination of living from non-living matter: abiogenesis. [L. generāre, -ātumgenus, a kind.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. generate

    To produce something according to an algorithm or program or set of rules, or as a (possibly unintended) side effect of the execution of an algorithm or program. The opposite of parse. This term retains its mechanistic connotations (though often humorously) when used of human behavior. “The guy is rational most of the time, but mention nuclear energy around him and he'll generate infinite flamage.”


  1. Generate

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Editors Contribution

  1. generate

    To create.

    The exercise and running did generate bidy heat.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 22, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'generate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4535

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'generate' in Verbs Frequency: #373

Anagrams for generate »

  1. green tea

  2. teenager

  3. teen-ager

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of generate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of generate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of generate in a Sentence

  1. Herbert Spencer:

    How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.

  2. Vikram Mahant:

    I don't need external motivation. I can generate my own.

  3. Richard Bach, One:

    We generate our own environment. We get exactly what we deserve. How can we resent the life weve created for ourselves? Whos to blame, whos to credit, but us? Who can change it anytime we wish, but us?

  4. Doug Hendrix:

    The Colorado River is the lifeblood for about 40 million people in the southwest including northern Mexico, under full reservoir operations, we can generate enough power annually for about 600,000 households. Now we’re down to be able to generate power for about 450,000 households.

  5. Ted Cruz:

    High- skilled immigrants whether temporary or permanent are, I believe, the data demonstrates pro-growth, they generate jobs. They generate economic productivity.

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