originate originate  /ə ˈrɪ dʒə ˌneɪt/


  1. (v) come into existence; take on form or shape
  2. (v) bring into being
  3. (v) begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc.


Derived Word(s)


  1. Alber, 45, does not attribute any grandiose meaning to clothes: the transformation a woman feels when she puts on one of his dresses should originate in her rather than the cloth.
  2. A first-century BC tablet, thought to originate from the Jordanian bank of the Dead Sea, that tells the story of a Messiah who rose again after three days from the grave.
  3. Burnett did not originate this conceit.


  1. Movies now showing in Colorado, 6/14/2013

    Some reviews originate at newspapers that do not award star ratings; some movies are not screened in advance for critics.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Denver Post

  2. Could novel drug target autism and fetal alcohol disorder?

    ( Northwestern University ) A surprising new study reveals a common molecular vulnerability in autism and fetal alcohol disorder. Both have social impairment symptoms and originate during brain development. The study found male offspring of rat mothers given alcohol during pregnancy have social impairment and altered levels of autism-related genes found in humans. But the damage was reversed ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

  3. IRS targeting didn't start in Ohio, Ways and Means chairman says

    The Republican congressman said Wednesday that talks with IRS employees showed the effort "didn't originate in Cincinnati."
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Washington Post


  1. "Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. . . . I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he's gonna need help," Biden said, though he added that...
    on Oct 21, 2008 By: Joe Biden Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  2. "Banks do continue to play a central role in credit markets; in particular, because of the burgeoning market for loan sales, banks originate considerably more loans than they keep on their books," Bernanke said.
    on Jun 15, 2007 By: Ben Bernanke Source: Forbes

  3. "We had no intention to cut diplomatic relations, as we understood very well that Saakashvili's regime does not represent the Georgian people; it [the Georgian leadership] is anomaly, which does not originate from within the Georgian society, but...
    on Jul 9, 2010 By: Sergey Lavrov Source: Civil Georgia

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untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /