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.

Definitions of generate
  1. verb
    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
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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
  2. verb
    produce (energy)
    “We can't generate enough power for the entire city”
    “The hydroelectric plant needs to generate more electricity”
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    type of:
    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
  3. verb
    make children
    synonyms: beget, bring forth, engender, father, get, mother, sire
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    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  4. verb
    give or supply
    synonyms: give, render, return, yield
    give, yield
    cause to happen or be responsible for
    establish, give
    bring about
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    type of:
    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
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