originate

Originate is a verb that means to start or create something. You can originate the idea of adding a fancy new coffee machine to your company's break room, and before long, your entire office could be happily drinking mocha lattes.

Originate is the place or point at which any new thing or idea starts. It usually doesn't end there, though. A carpet that originates in Turkey can travel all the way to an apartment in New York. A rumor can originate during first period, but by lunchtime it will have made its way around the entire high school.

Primary Meanings of originate

1.
v
come into existence; take on form or shape
2.
v
begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc.
Full Definitions of originate
1

v come into existence; take on form or shape

“A new religious movement originated in that country”
Synonyms:
arise, develop, grow, rise, spring up, uprise
develop
be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest
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resurge
rise again
come forth, emerge
happen or occur as a result of something
come, follow
to be the product or result
swell, well up
come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)
head
take its rise
break
come forth or begin from a state of latency
Type of:
become
come into existence

v bring into being

Synonyms:
initiate, start
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initiate, lead up
set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for
set
apply or start
date back, date from, go back
belong to an earlier time
ascend
go back in order of genealogical succession
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become
2

v begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc.

“The flight originates in Calcutta”
Type of:
begin, start
have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense

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