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?
A lot of our medicines originate from tropical plants.
Many Christmas traditions originated in Germany.
The idea originated with the ancient Greek philosophers.
The town originated as a small fishing port.
to have the idea for something and start it:
The technique was originated by an Italian artist.