WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
gen•er•ate /ˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -at•ed, -at•ing. 
  1. to bring into existence;
    originate:to generate ideas.
  2. to create by a natural or chemical process:They used the waterfalls to generate power.
  3. to inspire:to generate enthusiasm.
See -gen-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
gen•er•ate  ( jenə rāt′),USA pronunciation v.,  -at•ed, -at•ing. 
  1. to bring into existence;
    cause to be;
  2. to create by a vital or natural process.
  3. to create and distribute vitally and profusely:He generates ideas that we all should consider. A good diplomat generates good will.
  4. to reproduce;
  5. Chemistryto produce by a chemical process.
  6. Mathematics
    • to trace (a figure) by the motion of a point, straight line, or curve.
    • to act as base for all the elements of a given set:The number 2 generates the set 2, 4, 8, 16.
  7. Linguisticsto produce or specify (a grammatical sentence or other construction or set of constructions) by the application of a rule or set of rules in a generative grammar.

  1. to reproduce;
  • Latin generātus produced, past participle of generāre to beget; see genus
  • Middle English 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged create, evolve, originate, engender, institute.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

generate /ˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. to produce or bring into being; create
  2. (also intr) to produce (electricity), esp in a power station
  3. to produce (a substance) by a chemical process
  4. to provide a precise criterion or specification for membership in (a set)
  5. to trace or form by moving a point, line, or plane in a specific way: circular motion of a line generates a cylinder
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin generāre to beget, from genus kind

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Collocations: generates [income, revenue, popularity], generates [heat, electricity, power], [income, heat] is generated [by, when], more...

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