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gen·er·ate

 (jĕn′ə-rāt′)
tr.v. gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing, gen·er·ates
1.
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.]

generate

(ˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt)
vb (mainly tr)
1. to produce or bring into being; create
2. (Electrical Engineering) (also intr) to produce (electricity), esp in a power station
3. (Chemistry) to produce (a substance) by a chemical process
4. (Linguistics) maths linguistics to provide a precise criterion or specification for membership in (a set): these rules will generate all the noun phrases in English.
5. (Mathematics) geometry to trace or form by moving a point, line, or plane in a specific way: circular motion of a line generates a cylinder.
[C16: from Latin generāre to beget, from genus kind]

gen•er•ate

(ˈdʒɛn əˌreɪt)

v. -at•ed, -at•ing. v.t.
1. to bring into existence; originate; produce: to generate ideas.
2. to create by a natural or chemical process: to generate heat.
3. to be a source or cause of; inspire: to generate enthusiasm.
4. to reproduce; procreate.
5. Math.
a. to trace (a figure) by the motion of a point, straight line, or curve.
b. to act as base for all the elements of a given set: The number 2 generates the set 2, 4, 8, 16.
6. to produce or specify (a grammatical construction or set of constructions) by the application of a rule or set of rules in a generative grammar.
v.i.
7. to reproduce; propagate.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin generātus, past participle of generāre to beget, produce, derivative of genus]

generate


Past participle: generated
Gerund: generating

Imperative
generate
generate
Present
I generate
you generate
he/she/it generates
we generate
you generate
they generate
Preterite
I generated
you generated
he/she/it generated
we generated
you generated
they generated
Present Continuous
I am generating
you are generating
he/she/it is generating
we are generating
you are generating
they are generating
Present Perfect
I have generated
you have generated
he/she/it has generated
we have generated
you have generated
they have generated
Past Continuous
I was generating
you were generating
he/she/it was generating
we were generating
you were generating
they were generating
Past Perfect
I had generated
you had generated
he/she/it had generated
we had generated
you had generated
they had generated
Future
I will generate
you will generate
he/she/it will generate
we will generate
you will generate
they will generate
Future Perfect
I will have generated
you will have generated
he/she/it will have generated
we will have generated
you will have generated
they will have generated
Future Continuous
I will be generating
you will be generating
he/she/it will be generating
we will be generating
you will be generating
they will be generating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been generating
you have been generating
he/she/it has been generating
we have been generating
you have been generating
they have been generating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been generating
you will have been generating
he/she/it will have been generating
we will have been generating
you will have been generating
they will have been generating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been generating
you had been generating
he/she/it had been generating
we had been generating
you had been generating
they had been generating
Conditional
I would generate
you would generate
he/she/it would generate
we would generate
you would generate
they would generate
Past Conditional
I would have generated
you would have generated
he/she/it would have generated
we would have generated
you would have generated
they would have generated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.generate - bring into existence; "The new manager generated a lot of problems"; "The computer bug generated chaos in the office"; "The computer generated this image"; "The earthquake generated a tsunami"
create, make - make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor"
come up - bring forth, usually something desirable; "The committee came up with some interesting recommendations"
develop - generate gradually; "We must develop more potential customers"; "develop a market for the new mobile phone"
bring on, induce - cause to arise; "induce a crisis"
liberate, release, free - release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
2.generate - give or supply; "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"; "This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"; "The estate renders some revenue for the family"
produce, create, make - create or manufacture a man-made product; "We produce more cars than we can sell"; "The company has been making toys for two centuries"
yield, give - cause to happen or be responsible for; "His two singles gave the team the victory"
establish, give - bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"
3.generate - produce (energy); "We can't generate enough power for the entire city"; "The hydroelectric plant needs to generate more electricity"
produce, create, make - create or manufacture a man-made product; "We produce more cars than we can sell"; "The company has been making toys for two centuries"
4.generate - make childrengenerate - make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
create, make - make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor"

generate

verb produce, create, make, form, cause, initiate, bring about, originate, give rise to, engender, whip up The minister said the reforms would generate new jobs.
produce end, destroy, crush, terminate, extinguish, annihilate

generate

verb
1. To bring (a product or idea, for example) into being:
Translations
يُولِّد، يُنْتِج
vyrábětzpůsobit
generereproducereskabe
framleiîa, leiîa af sér
kartakartų nesusikalbėjimas
izraisītradītražot
vyrobiť
proizvajati

generate

[ˈdʒenəreɪt] VT [+ electricity, heat] → generar; [+ employment, income, wealth, publicity] → generar; [+ interest] → suscitar, generar

generate

[ˈdʒɛnəreɪt] vt
[+ electricity] → produire
(FINANCE) [+ income] → générer; [+ growth] → générer
[jobs] → créer
[+ interest] → susciter
[+ tension] → engendrer

generate

vt (lit, fig)erzeugen; heat, fumes alsoentwickeln; jobsschaffen; incomeeinbringen; interestwecken; excitementhervorrufen; (Ling) → generieren

generate

[ˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt] vtgenerare

generate

(ˈdʒenəreit) verb
to cause or produce. This machine generates electricity; His suggestions generated a lot of ill-feeling.
ˌgeneˈration noun
1. one stage in the descent of a family. All three generations – children, parents and grandparents – lived together quite happily.
2. people born at about the same time. People of my generation all think the same way about this.
the generation gap noun
the difference in views and the lack of understanding between younger and older people.
ˈgenerator noun
a machine which produces electricity, gas etc. The hospital has an emergency generator.
References in classic literature ?
Many think that in some way they are able to generate an intense heat in a chamber of practically absolute non-conductivity.
According to his plan, it was to be distributed in immense quantities immediately, in order to stimulate and generate, "to generate and stimulate," he repeated, "right thoughts in the country before the meeting of Parliament.
An indescribable oppression, which seemed to generate in some unfamiliar part of her consciousness, filled her whole being with a vague anguish.
Look when the world hath fewest barbarous peoples, but such as commonly will not marry or generate, except they know means to live
A calorifere to produce the changes of temperature, and a cylinder to generate the heat, are neither inconvenient nor heavy.
Oh, there is poisonous stuff in any man's heart sufficient to generate a brood of serpents," said Elliston with a hollow laugh.
These mistaken beliefs generate secondary desires, which cause various interesting complications in the psychology of human desire, without fundamentally altering the character which it shares with animal desire.
Thus what was originally a false opinion as to the object of a desire acquires a certain truth: the false opinion generates a secondary subsidiary desire, which nevertheless becomes real.
Acting on language, those qualities generate a specific and unique beauty--"that other beauty of prose"--fitly illustrated by these specimens, which the reader needs hardly be told, after what has been now said, are far from being a collection of "purple patches.
This was but natural, for he was plunged deep in hazardous operations, and the fascinations of the game and the magnitude of it accounted for all the energy that even his magnificent organism could generate.
And it is well that nature has so graciously and abundantly lighted the Martian night, for the green men of Mars, being a nomadic race without high intellectual development, have but crude means for artificial lighting; depending principally upon torches, a kind of candle, and a peculiar oil lamp which generates a gas and burns without a wick.
The prospects are dimmer for poorer districts like Ford Heights and others in downstate farming communities that assess high property tax rates in an effort to generate money for area schools.