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Definitions for originate
əˈrɪdʒ əˌneɪtorig·i·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. originate, arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, growverb

    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, startverb

    bring into being

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

  3. originateverb

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

    "The flight originates in Calcutta"


  1. originateverb

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

  2. originateverb

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

    The scheme originated with the governor and council.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Originateverb

    To bring into existence.

    Etymology: from origin.


  1. originate

    To originate means to begin, initiate, arise, or start from somewhere or something. It denotes the starting point or source of an idea, action, concept, or physical entity.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of originate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of originate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of originate in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Alva Edison:

    Great ideas originate in the muscles.

  2. Jay Myers:

    Many people think that ‘Black Friday’ comes from the idea that it’s a highly profitable day for retailers, one where they’re getting ‘out of the red’ and ‘into the black,’ the term didn’t actually originate from retailers. Philadelphia police officers first used the term ‘Black Friday’ in the 1960s to describe the day after Thanksgiving, when a flurry of tourists came into the city to shop, causing traffic jams and accidents.

  3. Tiffany Stevens:

    The issue is' what is considered of Russian origin ?' it can originate in Russia and is then cut and polished in India. Is it then considered an Indian diamond at that point ?

  4. State John Kerry on Wednesday:

    The United States did not draft or originate this resolution, nor did we put The United States forward, the United States was drafted and … introduced by Egypt … in coordination with the Palestinians and others.

  5. Jeff Roberts:

    We will then sit down and see what caused the issue to begin with, you know, ‘where did it originate?’ So that when we do re-districting again in 10 years, we don't go through this issue, with the voters getting in the wrong, misassigned precinct.

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  • تنشأArabic
  • entstehen, entspringen, erzeugen, entwickelnGerman
  • γεννώ, προέρχομαιGreek
  • originiEsperanto
  • originarse, originarSpanish
  • instituerFrench
  • उत्पन्न करनाHindi
  • ered, megteremt, származikHungarian
  • originareItalian
  • voortkomenDutch
  • возникнуть, порождать, породить, возникать, создавать, произойти, происходить, создатьRussian

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