- 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[transitive] originate something to create something new Locke originated this theory in the 17th century.
NAmE//əˈrɪdʒəˌneɪt//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they originate
he / she / it originates
past simple originated
-ing form originating
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NAmE//əˈrɪdʒəˌneɪt̮ər//noun Sir William James is thought to be the originator of fingerprinting as a means of identification.