originate
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /əˈɹɪdʒɪneɪt/
Verb

originate (originates, present participle originating; past and past participle originated)

  1. (transitive) To cause to be, to bring into existence; to produce, initiate. [from 17th c.]
    • 1998, James Hebert, "Banderas puts his mark on 'Zorro'", San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Jul 1998:
      For the first time since Douglas Fairbanks Sr. originated the role in the 1920 silent "The Mark of Zorro," the hero will be played by a Hispanic actor.
    • 2002, Colin Jones (historian), The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, page 171:
      The financial backers who originated the Encyclopédie project in 1745 had no idea about what they were getting into.
  2. (intransitive) To come into existence; to have origin or beginning; to spring#Verb|spring, be derived (from, with). [from 18th c.]
    The scheme originated with the governor and council.
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