1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, not in progressive] formal to come from a particular place or start in a particular situation:
How did the plan originate?
originate from
A lot of our medicines originate from tropical plants.
originate in
Many Christmas traditions originated in Germany.
originate with
The idea originated with the ancient Greek philosophers.
originate as
The town originated as a small fishing port.
2 [transitive] to have the idea for something and start it:
The technique was originated by an Italian artist.

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