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Topic: POWER

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of generare 'to produce children', from genus; GENUS

generate

verb
     
gen‧e‧rate W2 [transitive]
1 to produce or cause something [= create]:
a useful technique for generating new ideas
The program would generate a lot of new jobs.
generate revenue/profits/income etc
Tourism generates income for local communities.
generate excitement/interest/support etc
The project generated enormous interest.
2TP to produce heat, electricity, or another form of energy:
Wind turbines generate electricity for the local community.
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