Definition of originate in English:


Line breaks: ori¦gin|ate
Pronunciation: /əˈrɪdʒɪneɪt
, ɒ-/


[no object, with adverbial]



Pronunciation: /-ˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
More example sentences
  • I want to go to that in just a minute, but I want to go back to the origination of everything.
  • The origination of these messages should come from a central source close to the top politician.
  • As far as our relationship to the world is concerned, this phenomenal world exists based on interdependent origination.


Pronunciation: /-nətɪv/
More 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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