Definition of generate in English:


Syllabification: gen·er·ate
Pronunciation: /ˈjenəˌrāt


[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
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    • 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).
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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.
  • 1.2Produce (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.



Pronunciation: /ˈjenərəbəl/
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  • Using the fact that polynomial rings are Noetherian, show that every finitely generable commutative ring is finitely presentable.


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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