Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To bring into existence; give rise to.
  • intransitive verb To procreate; propagate.
  • intransitive verb To come into existence; originate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To produce by the union of the sexes; to beget.
  • transitive verb To cause to exist; to bring forth; to produce; to sow the seeds of.
  • intransitive verb To assume form; to come into existence; to be caused or produced.
  • intransitive verb To come together; to meet, as in sexual embrace.
  • noun One who, or that which, engenders.

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

  • verb call forth
  • verb make children

Etymologies

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

[Middle English engendren, from Old French engendrer, from Latin ingenerāre : in-, in; see en– + generāre, to produce; see generate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French engendrer, from Latin ingenerāre, from in- + generāre ("to generate").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From en- +‎ gender.

Examples

  • All they engender is more ill-will, not faith in the coming technology. codeman38 writes:

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  • Even if they never join such groups which is most often the case, young men are targeted by white-supremacist ideologues specifically because they know they are likely to act out on the belief system spread by the rhetoric they engender, which is often picked up and used by non-members who are nonetheless sympathetic.

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  • Even if they never join such groups which is most often the case, young men are targeted by white-supremacist ideologues specifically because they know they are likely to act out on the belief system spread by the rhetoric they engender, which is often picked up and used by non-members who are nonetheless sympathetic.

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  • But how his "sum-total of external conditions," acting upon _dead_ matter, can "engender" _living_ matter, is one of those "related heterogenetic phenomena" which he does not condescend to explain.

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  • I feel that 21st century reader no longer has time, and the one way to kind of engender confidence in readers is that they feel like you've been over the prose and trimmed and trimmed and what's on the page is essential.

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  • I dont think we can say for certain what Joseph meant but it "engender" is a possible reading

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  • I dont think we can say for certain what Joseph meant but it "engender" is a possible reading

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  • My hunch is that he may mean something like "engender" when he speaks of the way of bringing the spirit and tabernacle together.

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  • Well, content-oriented blogs do not necessarily "engender" or attract bloggers with no differentiation between opinion.

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

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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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  • give rise to

    The restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles were so severe that they engendered deep hatred and resentment in the German people.

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