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Definition of "generate" []

  • To bring into being; give rise to: generate a discussion. (verb-transitive)
  • To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process: generate heat. (verb-transitive)
  • To engender (offspring); procreate. (verb-transitive)
  • Mathematics To form (a geometric figure) by describing a curve or surface. (verb-transitive)
  • Computer Science To produce (a program) by instructing a computer to follow given parameters with a skeleton program. (verb-transitive)

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 "generate" in a sentence
  • "Only a grammar containing both phrase structure and transformation rules, Chomsky argued, could generate a natural language ” ˜generate™ in the sense that by stepwise application of the rules, one could in principle build up from scratch all and only the sentences that the language contains."
  • "And did the title generate the story theme or did the story idea bring that particular title to mind?"
  • "She has no brain of her own, so her ideas must generate from the GOP itself."