Definition of originate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈrɪdʒɪneɪt/
Pronunciation: /ɒˈrɪdʒɪneɪt/


[no object, with adverbial]
1Have a specified beginning: the word originated as a marketing term
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  • Though the word originates from the Latin debere, it comes via the Old French dette.
  • Deschauer said the water originates from the south, an area of pasture and woodland.
  • The seeds used to grow the diseased potatoes are believed to have originated in Holland.
arise, have its origin, derive, begin, start, stem, spring, emerge, develop, grow, rise, flow, emanate, issue
1.1 [with object] Create or initiate (something): he is responsible for originating this particular cliché
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  • We didn't go out and originate a track in India with a tabla player and then build upon that.
  • He originated the idea of a negawatt, a unit electricity which is simply not used.
  • This is what Hindu thought has done, however, in originating the concept of dharma.
invent, be the inventor of, create, initiate, devise, think up, dream up, coin, conceive, design, concoct, contrive, formulate, form, evolve, develop, generate, engender, produce, discover, set in motion, set up, put in place, inaugurate, launch, mastermind, pioneer, introduce, establish, institute, bring about, found, give birth to, be the father/mother of
literary beget



Pronunciation: /əˈrɪdʒɪnətɪv/
Example sentences
  • This originative source is a well from which very different kinds of poems can be drawn up.
  • In addition, the deities who create from nothing or emerge from this void are given a new and special kind of power; for though creators of the world, they remain distinct from it in their originative form.
  • God is the source of the creative energy of the human psyche, soul, and body - an originative force.


Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin originat- 'caused to begin', from Latin origo, origin- 'source, origin'.

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