Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring into being; create: originated the practice of monthly reports.
  • intransitive v. To come into being; start. See Synonyms at stem1.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To take first existence; to have origin or beginning; to begin to exist or act.
  • transitive v. To give an origin or beginning to; to cause to be; to bring into existence; to produce as new.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give rise or origin to; supply or constitute the beginning or commencement of; initiate; set going; bring to pass; bring into existence; occasion; cause; create, artistically or intellectually; produce; invent.
  • To designate or describe as taking (its) beginning; derive; deduce.
  • To arise; take (its) rise; find a starting-point or source; begin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring into being
  • v. begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc.
  • v. come into existence; take on form or shape

Etymologies

From (the participle stem of) Late Latin *originare (“to begin, give rise to”), from Latin orīgō ("origin"). Compare origin. (Wiktionary)

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