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

     

    originate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈrɪdʒɪneɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈrɪdʒɪneɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they originate
    BrE BrE//əˈrɪdʒɪneɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈrɪdʒɪneɪt//
     
    he / she / it originates
    BrE BrE//əˈrɪdʒɪneɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈrɪdʒɪneɪts//
     
    past simple originated
    BrE BrE//əˈrɪdʒɪneɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈrɪdʒɪneɪtɪd//
     
    past participle originated
    BrE BrE//əˈrɪdʒɪneɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈrɪdʒɪneɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form originating
    BrE BrE//əˈrɪdʒɪneɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈrɪdʒɪneɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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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.
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin originat- ‘caused to begin’, from Latin origo, origin- ‘source, origin’.
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