generate

Generate means produce or create. A good stock pick might generate cash, and a good idea might generate the basis for an Oscar-winning film.

Generate and the closely related word generation both come from the Latin word genus, which means "stock or race." Its root, in turn, is the Proto-Indo-European gen-, "to produce, give birth, or beget." Let's say you have two siblings. In that case, your parents' marriage has generated three children. In a hydroelectric power plant, water generates power. And you can get a paper route or babysit if you're looking to generate a little income.

Primary Meanings of generate

1.
v
bring into existence
2.
v
give or supply
Full Definitions of generate
1

v 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”
Synonyms:
bring forth
Types:
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come up
bring forth, usually something desirable
develop
generate gradually
bring on, induce
cause to arise
free, liberate, release
release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
make
favor the development of
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v produce (energy)

“We can't generate enough power for the entire city”
“The hydroelectric plant needs to generate more electricity”
Type of:
create, make, produce
create or manufacture a man-made product

v make children

Synonyms:
beget, bring forth, engender, father, get, mother, sire
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become
2

v give or supply

Synonyms:
give, render, return, yield
give, yield
cause to happen or be responsible for
establish, give
bring about
Type of:
create, make, produce
create or manufacture a man-made product

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