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Webster 1913 Edition


Generate

Gen′er-ate

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Generated
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Generating
.]
[L.
generatus
, p. p. of
generare
to generate, fr.
genus
. See
Genus
,
Gender
.]
1.
To beget; to procreate; to propagate; to produce (a being similar to the parent); to engender;
as, every animal
generates
its own species
.
2.
To cause to be; to bring into life.
Milton.
3.
To originate, especially by a vital or chemical process; to produce; to cause.
Whatever
generates
a quantity of good chyle must likewise
generate
milk.
Arbuthnot.
4.
(Math.)
To trace out, as a line, figure, or solid, by the motion of a point or a magnitude of inferior order.

Webster 1828 Edition


Generate

GEN'ERATE

,
Verb.
T.
[L. genero. See Gender.]
1.
To beget; to procreate; to propagate; to produce a being similar to the parent. Every animal generates his own species.
2.
To produce; to cause to be; to bring into life; as great whales which the waters generated.
3.
To cause; to produce; to form.
Sounds are generated where there is no air at all.
Whatever generates a quantity of good chyle, must likewise generate milk.
In music, any given sound generates with itself its octave and two other sounds extremely sharp, viz, its twelfth above or the octave of its fifth, and the seventeenth above.

Definition 2022


generate

generate

English

Verb

generate (third-person singular simple present generates, present participle generating, simple past and past participle generated)

  1. (transitive) To bring into being; give rise to.
    • 2012 May 9, Jonathan Wilson, Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atlético Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao”, in the Guardian:
      In the last 20 minutes Athletic began to generate the sort of pressure of which they are capable, but by then it was far too late: the game had begun to slip away from them as early as the seventh minute.
    • 2013 June 22, T time”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 68:
      The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them [] is often assumed to be the preserve of high-tech companies. [] current tax rules make it easy for all sorts of firms to generate [] “stateless income”: profit subject to tax in a jurisdiction that is neither the location of the factors of production that generate the income nor where the parent firm is domiciled.
    The discussion generated an uproar.
  2. (transitive) To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process.
    Adding concentrated sulphuric acid to water generates heat.
  3. (transitive) To procreate, beget.
    They generated many offspring.
  4. (transitive, mathematics) To form a figure from a curve or solid.
    Rotating a circle generates a sphere.
  5. (intransitive) To appear or occur; be generated.
    • 1883, Thomas Hardy, The Three Strangers
      Mrs. Fennel, seeing the steam begin to generate on the countenances of her guests, crossed over and touched the fiddler's elbow and put her hand on the serpent's mouth.

Synonyms

  • (to bring into being): create

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Translations

External links

  • generate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • generate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Anagrams


Italian

Verb

generate

  1. second-person plural present of generare
  2. second-person plural present subjunctive of generare
  3. second-person plural imperative of generare
  4. feminine plural past participle of generare

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Latin

Participle

generāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of generātus