AskDefine | Define originate

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1 come into existence; take on form or shape; "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" [syn: arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, grow]
2 bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation" [syn: initiate, start]
3 begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc.; "The flight originates in Calcutta"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To give an origin or beginning to; to cause to be; to bring into existence; to produce as new.
  2. To take first existence; to have origin or beginning; to begin to exist or act.
    The scheme originated with the governor and council.


to give origin to
to take first existence



  1. second-person plural present tense of originare
  2. second-person plural imperative of originare
  3. feminine plural past participle of originare

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