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Definition of "engender" []

  • To bring into existence; give rise to: "Every cloud engenders not a storm” ( Shakespeare). (verb-transitive)
  • To procreate; propagate. (verb-transitive)
  • To come into existence; originate. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "engender" in a sentence
  • "All they engender is more ill-will, not faith in the coming technology. codeman38 writes:"
  • "Even if they never join such groups which is most often the case, young men are targeted by white-supremacist ideologues specifically because they know they are likely to act out on the belief system spread by the rhetoric they engender, which is often picked up and used by non-members who are nonetheless sympathetic."
  • "But how his "sum-total of external conditions," acting upon _dead_ matter, can "engender" _living_ matter, is one of those "related heterogenetic phenomena" which he does not condescend to explain."