Meaning of GENERATE in English


I. ˈjenəˌrāt, usu -ād.+V verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Latin generatus, past participle of generare to beget, create, from gener-, genus birth, race, class, kind — more at kin

transitive verb

1. : to cause to be : bring into existence ; especially : procreate

generate innumerable offspring

2. : to originate (something material) by a physical or chemical process : produce

would generate a tremendous amount of electricity — Collier's Year Book

mountain ranges … should generate more heat than low-lying plains — A.E.Benfield

3. : to define (as a mathematical or linguistic set or structure) by the application of one or more rules or operations to given quantities

a mathematical group consisting of the powers of one element A is said to be generated by A

a set of phrase structure rewriting rules that generate underlying sentence structures — P.S.Rosenbaum

especially : to trace out (as a curve) by a moving point or (as a surface) by a moving curve — see cycloid illustration

4. : to form (gear teeth or screw threads) with theoretical accuracy

5. : to be the cause of (a state of mind, an action, or something immaterial or intangible)

forces generating interracial conflict

these stories … generate a good deal of psychological suspense — Atlantic

generates mistaken opinions, wrong attitudes — H.A.Overstreet

intransitive verb

1. : to produce offspring : propagate

2. : to come into existence : originate , arise

II. ˈjen(ə)rə̇t adjective

Etymology: Latin generatus

: generated

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.