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tr.v. gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing, gen·er·ates
a. To bring into being; give rise to: generate a discussion.
b. To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process: generate heat.
2. To engender (offspring); procreate.
3. Mathematics To form (a geometric figure) by describing a curve or surface.
4. Computers To produce (a program) by instructing a computer to follow given parameters with a skeleton program.
5. Linguistics In generative grammar, to construct (a sentence, for example) through the successive application of linguistic operations, rules, and conditions.

[Latin generāre, generāt-, to produce, from genus, gener-, birth; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]


[ˈdʒenəreɪtɪŋ] CPD generating set Ngrupo m electrógeno
generating station Ncentral f generadora
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