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

     

    spawn

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//spɔːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɔːn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spawn
    BrE BrE//spɔːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɔːn//
     
    he / she / it spawns
    BrE BrE//spɔːnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɔːnz//
     
    past simple spawned
    BrE BrE//spɔːnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɔːnd//
     
    past participle spawned
    BrE BrE//spɔːnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɔːnd//
     
    -ing form spawning
    BrE BrE//ˈspɔːnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɔːnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] spawn (something) (of fish, frogs, etc.) to lay eggs
  2. 2[transitive] spawn something (often disapproving) to cause something to develop or be produced The band's album spawned a string of hit singles.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: shortening of Anglo-Norman French espaundre ‘to shed roe’, variant of Old French espandre ‘pour out’, from Latin expandere ‘expand’.
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