Definition of originate in English:

originate

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Have a specified beginning.

    ‘the word originated as a marketing term’
    • ‘Though the word originates from the Latin debere, it comes via the Old French dette.’
    • ‘Salsas, which originate in Mexico and South America, are a cross between a sauce and a salad.’
    • ‘Nicoise salad is a famous composed salad that originated in the south of France.’
    • ‘Alpacas originate from South America and in particular Peru, Chile and Bolivia.’
    • ‘This scripture probably originated in China itself around the beginning of the 8th century.’
    • ‘The cranial component originates in the brain stem and leaves through the base of the skull in the vagus nerves.’
    • ‘Deschauer said the water originates from the south, an area of pasture and woodland.’
    • ‘The seeds used to grow the diseased potatoes are believed to have originated in Holland.’
    • ‘Chemical industries certainly originated in the south of England.’
    • ‘Did you know the word woot originated from the early eighties and was used by hackers when they gained root access to a system?’
    • ‘The exotic creature, which originates from central and South America, is probably an escaped pet.’
    • ‘All isolates of C. fulvum collected to date originate from commercially grown tomatoes.’
    • ‘Christmas cactus originates in the jungles of South America.’
    • ‘The word originates in Catalonia, which produces most but not all Cava, where it means cellar.’
    • ‘It's just new to regions outside of the south where it originates.’
    • ‘The name originates from the word for crab, the term for the two creatures being almost interchangeable in early cultures.’
    • ‘The spectacled caiman, which originates from South and Central America, has a boney ridge around its eyes which makes it look as if it is wearing glasses.’
    • ‘The animal, which is similar to a llama, is fairly new to this country and originates from South America.’
    • ‘Hopefully those people originating from south of the Trent now resident in and around York will have a good sense of humour and dismiss his remarks with a grin.’
    • ‘It turns out that this train was one that originates at Market East, so it came into the station a few minutes early.’
    arise, have its origin, derive, begin, start, stem, spring, emerge, develop, grow, rise, flow, emanate, issue
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    1. 1.1[with object]Create or initiate (something)
      ‘he is responsible for originating this particular cliché’
      • ‘If she gets back to Broadway, Braxton hopes to originate a role and not just step into a role created by someone else.’
      • ‘The Commission also has the budgetary initiative, and therefore originates the preliminary draft budget which is put before the Council.’
      • ‘Benny Lynch originated the stereotype of the ill-omened Scottish champion.’
      • ‘So you do not get a reference for a delay; you are generating and originating your own procedures by constant review from a time point?’
      • ‘The person who originated the message is hidden from the email trace.’
      • ‘Gardeners serving at stately homes in Yorkshire originated the tradition of forcing rhubarb into growth.’
      • ‘Seed germination is a developmental process of reactivation of metabolism to originate a new plant.’
      • ‘Musically, however, he's immersed himself in Baker ever since originating the role for the Passe Muraille run.’
      • ‘He originated the idea of a negawatt, a unit electricity which is simply not used.’
      • ‘William Saffire credits William Shakespeare with originating the metaphor.’
      • ‘He depicts a comedienne who was not a wildly improvisational good-time girl originating soundbites like a female Oscar Wilde.’
      • ‘Singers should originate and initiate ideas that are new to the market.’
      • ‘It's hard to originate new ideas and attitudes while surrounded by layers of aging mental clutter.’
      • ‘The concept was originated by William Smith, a surveyor, in the latter part of the eighteenth century.’
      • ‘We didn't go out and originate a track in India with a tabla player and then build upon that.’
      • ‘He begins the review in a fantasy world in which Darwin did not originate the concept of natural selection.’
      • ‘This is what Hindu thought has done, however, in originating the concept of dharma.’
      • ‘There are only a few people who can say that they originated the idea to send a European spacecraft to Mars.’
      • ‘The system allows users to silently monitor phone lines, or originate calls on other people's lines, Mitnick said.’
      • ‘He's also given credit for originating the no-look pass and the behind-the-back dribble.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin originat- caused to begin from Latin origo, origin- source, origin.

Pronunciation:

originate

/əˈrijəˌnāt/