Definitions

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

  • n. One who, or that which, engenders.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • For example, a certain “niceness gene” may engender religiosity and good citizenship.

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  • These situations, unfortunately, engender arguments and fights at the very time the family should be there to support and comfort each other and their dying parent.

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  • A "much, much tighter" fiscal policy, he says, may force the Federal Reserve to maintain its easy monetary policy—a stance that will engender concerns about inflation a concern and provide more opportunities in Treasury inflation-protected securities.

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  • One doctor blamed excessive and unnecessary housecalls for engendering fears in the doctor “that he will lose his position if he fails to answer every call

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