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Definition of generate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

generate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdʒenəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenəreɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they generate
BrE BrE//ˈdʒenəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenəreɪt//
 
he / she / it generates
BrE BrE//ˈdʒenəreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenəreɪts//
 
past simple generated
BrE BrE//ˈdʒenəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenəreɪtɪd//
 
past participle generated
BrE BrE//ˈdʒenəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenəreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form generating
BrE BrE//ˈdʒenəreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenəreɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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generate something to produce or create something to generate electricity/heat/power to generate income/profit We need someone to generate new ideas. The proposal has generated a lot of interest. Wordfinderbattery, charge, conduct, connect, electricity, generate, insulate, power, switch, wire Synonymsmakedo create develop produce generate formThese words all mean to make something from parts or materials, or to cause something to exist or happen.make to create or prepare something by combining materials or putting parts together; to cause something to exist or happen:She makes her own clothes. She made a good impression on the interviewer.do (rather informal) to make or prepare something, especially something artistic or something to eat:He did a beautiful drawing of a house. Who’s doing the food for the party?create to make something exist or happen, especially something new that did not exist before:Scientists disagree about how the universe was created.make or create?Make is a more general word and is more often used for physical things: you would usually make a table/​dress/​cake but create jobs/​wealth. You can use create for something physical in order to emphasize how original or unusual the object is:Try this new dish, created by our head chef.develop (used especially in business contexts) to think of and produce a new product:to develop new softwareproduce to make things to be sold; to create something using skill:a factory that produces microchipsgenerate to produce or create something, especially power, money or ideas:to generate electricity Brainstorming is a good way of generating ideas.form [often passive] to make something from something else; to make something into something else:Rearrange the letters to form a new word. The chain is formed from 136 links.Patterns to make/​create/​develop/​produce/​generate/​form something from/​out of something to make/​form something into something to make/​produce wine to create/​develop a new product to create/​produce/​generate income/​profits/​wealth to produce/​generate electricity/​heat/​power Word Origin early 16th cent. (in the sense ‘beget, procreate’): from Latin generat- ‘created’, from the verb generare, from genus, gener- ‘stock, race’.Extra examples Living cells generate energy from food. People used to believe that dirt spontaneously generated disease. The lottery is expected to generate substantial funds for charities. The wind turbines are used to generate electricity. a sequence of randomly generated fractions internally generated revenue profits generated from the company’s activities the opportunity to help generate ideas Brainstorming is a good way of generating ideas.
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