Definition of generate in English:

generate

Line breaks: gen¦er|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛnəreɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Produce or create: changes which are likely to generate controversy the income generated by the sale of council houses
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    • Investing creates an asset that generates passive income such as rent on a property or profits from a business venture.
    • The more Web savvy firms are more than twice as successful in generating sales and creating a better ‘customer experience’, said the report.
    • It will also create jobs and generate income for the local economy.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Produce (energy, especially electricity).
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    • 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.
  • 1.2 Mathematics & Linguistics Produce (a set or sequence of items) by performing specified mathematical or logical operations on an initial set.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Derivatives

generable

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

Origin

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

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