transitive verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Latin generatus, past participle of generare, from gener-, genus descent, birth — more at kin Date: 1509 1. to bring into existence: as a. procreate, beget b. to originate by a vital, chemical, or physical process ; produce <
generate electricity
2. to be the cause of (a situation, action, or state of mind) <
these stories…generate a good deal of psychological suspense — Atlantic
3. to define or originate (as a mathematical or linguistic set or structure) by the application of one or more rules or operations; especially to trace out (as a curve) by a moving point or trace out (as a surface) by a moving curve

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