from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To bring into existence; give rise to: "Every cloud engenders not a storm” ( Shakespeare).
- transitive v. To procreate; propagate.
- intransitive v. To come into existence; originate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To produce by the union of the sexes; to beget.
- transitive v. To cause to exist; to bring forth; to produce; to sow the seeds of.
- intransitive v. To assume form; to come into existence; to be caused or produced.
- intransitive v. To come together; to meet, as in sexual embrace.
- n. One who, or that which, engenders.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To breed; beget; generate.
- Hence To produce; cause to exist; bring forth; cause; excite: as, intemperance engenders disease; angry words engender strife.
- Synonyms To call forth, create, give rise to, occasion, stir up.
- To be caused or produced; come into existence.
- To come together; meet in sexual embrace.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. call forth
- v. make children
Middle English engendren, from Old French engendrer, from Latin ingenerāre : in-, in; see en-1 + generāre, to produce; see generate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French engendrer, from Latin ingenerāre, from in- + generāre ("to generate"). (Wiktionary)
From en- + gender. (Wiktionary)