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Definition of originate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they originate
    he / she / it originates
    past simple originated
    -ing form originating
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to happen or appear for the first time in a particular place or situation The disease is thought to have originated in the tropics. The word originated as a marketing term.
  2. 2[transitive] originate something to create something new Locke originated this theory in the 17th century.
noun Sir William James is thought to be the originator of fingerprinting as a means of identification.
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