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generate Syllabification: gen·er·ate
Pronunciation: /ˈjenəˌrāt/

Definition of generate in English:


[with object]
1Cause (something, especially an emotion or situation) to arise or come about: changes that are likely to generate controversy generate more jobs in the economy
More example sentences
  • Not surprisingly, the situation is generating huge frustration.
  • This groundswell of emotion doesn't generate anger - there wasn't much in evidence on Saturday - so much as stubborn resistance.
  • This case scenario generates many emotions, as is evident by the uncomfortable feelings expressed by the physician who is caring for this particular couple.
1.1Produce (energy, especially electricity).
Example sentences
  • Solar energy is used to generate electricity through photovoltaic arrays, and to heat water by direct radiation.
  • These oscillating sound waves in the traveling-wave engine drive the piston of a linear alternator that generates electricity.
  • Electricity is generated by the power station during peak demand periods.
1.2Produce (a set or sequence of items) by performing specified mathematical or logical operations on an initial set.
Example sentences
  • All sequence data sets were generated using the evolver program.
  • That is, the grid of initial guesses generates a set of ‘best fits’, one for each initial guess.
  • The Fibonacci sequence is generated by adding the previous two numbers in the list together to form the next and so on and so on…
1.3 Linguistics Produce (a sentence or other unit, especially a well-formed one) by the application of a finite set of rules to lexical or other linguistic input.
Example sentences
  • In the typical application, a software program generates a phrase or sentence to be spoken by the computer.
  • The sentences can be generated by the application of general rules for the combination of the words.
  • To enhance our exemplar words and generate sentences to illustrate word meanings, we enlisted the support of the other participating teachers.
1.4 Mathematics Form (a line, surface, or solid) by notionally moving a point, line, or surface.
Example sentences
  • Proclus defines a spiric surface as being the surface generated by a circle revolving about a straight line called the axis of revolution and always remaining in the same plane as this axis.
  • The concrete realisation uses the pseudosphere, a surface generated by the revolution of a tractrix about its asymptote.
  • Once designers make 3D curves, these are used to generate surfaces.


Early 16th century (in the sense 'beget, procreate'): from Latin generat- 'created', from the verb generare, from genus, gener- 'stock, race'.

  • gender from Late Middle English:

    The words gender and engender (Middle English) go back via Old French to Latin genus ‘birth, family, nation’, a word that was reborrowed in the early 17th century for scientific classification, although it had been in use 50 years earlier in logic. In modern French the ‘d’ was lost to produce genre, a word reborrowed in the early 19th century. Generation (Middle English), generate (early 16th century), engender (Middle English), generosity (Late Middle English), genial (mid 16th century), and degenerate (Late Middle English) are all from the same source.



Pronunciation: /ˈjen(ə)rəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Using the fact that polynomial rings are Noetherian, show that every finitely generable commutative ring is finitely presentable.

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