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ORIGINATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does originate mean? 

ORIGINATE (verb)
  The verb ORIGINATE has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: ORIGINATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ORIGINATE (verb)


Sense 1originate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come into existence; take on form or shape

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

arise; uprise; originate; spring up; develop; grow; rise

Context examples:

A new religious movement originated in that country / a love that sprang up from friendship / the idea for the book grew out of a short story / An interesting phenomenon uprose

Hypernyms (to "originate" is one way to...):

become (come into existence)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "originate"):

resurge (rise again)

come forth; emerge (happen or occur as a result of something)

come; follow (to be the product or result)

swell; well up (come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things))

head (take its rise)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2originate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring into being

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

initiate; originate; start

Context examples:

He initiated a new program / Start a foundation

Hypernyms (to "originate" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "originate"):

initiate; lead up (prepare the way for)

set (apply or start)

date back; date from; go back (belong to an earlier time)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Also:

originate in (come from)


Sense 3originate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc.

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

The flight originates in Calcutta

Hypernyms (to "originate" is one way to...):

begin; start (have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


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