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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Some of the very energetic ions and electrons which reach the Earth and which we observe as cosmic-rays probably originate from Jupiter.
▪ Most back problems originate in this area, but they could be easily avoided by regular exercise of the spinal erectors.
▪ The overwhelming impression in the survey of newly-established firms was also that they had originated in adjacent areas of London.
▪ The large bulk of the data that have led to this conclusion originates from areas south of the polar circle.
▪ He belonged to a family which originated at Bury St Edmunds.
▪ There is doubt as to where this idea originated.
▪ However, I have no idea where this phrase originated and why we use it.
▪ She was modest and unconcerned that others were often given credit for ideas that she had originated.
▪ But the idea had not originated with him.
▪ I am also concerned that most stores have no clear idea where the mahogany originates from.
▪ Many new ideas have originated outside the industry concerned.
▪ The idea of well-being originates from the principle of balance; a harmonious relationship and union between mind and body.
▪ How could life have originated in an atmosphere which - by today's standards - seems so inimical to life?
▪ Deep-sea vents may have been the site where life originated on this planet.
▪ Could life originate in environments where there is no oxygen?
▪ But proving that life originated at hydrothermal vents involves more than just showing that it could have.
▪ Most back problems originate in this area, but they could be easily avoided by regular exercise of the spinal erectors.
▪ The effect however, is the same, whether it originates from an external source or from an internal one.
▪ Both were believed to have originated from the Soviet Union and had been smuggled through Czechoslovakia.
▪ Fire officials said they believe the blaze originated in the destroyed heavy rescue squad truck but had not pinpointed a cause Friday.
▪ Liverpool supporters would have us believe that they all originate from the Kop, but this is doubtful.
▪ My beloved Poole! in excessive anxiety, I believe it might originate.
▪ Incredibly, this meteorite seems to have originated on Mars.
▪ From what I saw, the repression all seemed to originate externally, from parents and the rest of adult society.
▪ The phrase seems to have originated in the world of baseball, although some authorities claim priority for an alternative connotation.
▪ Some sounds even seem to originate in another part of the room.
▪ a rumor that was probably originated by one of the president's aides
▪ Buddhism originated in India and came to China in the first century A.D.
▪ How did the tradition of wearing costumes on Halloween originate?
▪ The city has over 300 banks, and this is where much of its wealth originates.
▪ Welfare is a program that originated in the 1930s to help widows.
▪ But proving that life originated at hydrothermal vents involves more than just showing that it could have.
▪ He originates from Dublin Zoo and is an example of the cooperation which exists between zoos.
▪ He said he knows the calls are connected to the convention, because they originate from hotels.
▪ In the tropics, haemonchosis must be considered, possibly originating from hypobiotic larvae.
▪ Six of them originated from the same bar on Corfu - 500 miles from the island of Kos where Ben first vanished.
▪ The astronomer who originates the request gives the observatories at least two or three times when we can do the work.
▪ The statement did not elaborate on where such charges had originated.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Originate \O*rig"i*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Originated; p. pr. & vb. n. Originating.] [From Origin.] To give an origin or beginning to; to cause to be; to bring into existence; to produce as new.

A decomposition of the whole civil and political mass, for the purpose of originating a new civil order.


Originate \O*rig"i*nate\, v. i. To take first existence; to have origin or beginning; to begin to exist or act; as, the scheme originated with the governor and council.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, probably a back-formation of origination. In earliest reference it meant "to trace the origin of;" meaning "to bring into existence" is from 1650s; intransitive sense of "to come into existence" is from 1775. Related: Originated; originating.


vb. (context transitive English) To cause to be, to bring into existence; to produce, initiate. (from 17th c.)

  1. v. come into existence; take on form or shape; "A new religious movement originated in that country"; "a love that sprang up from friendship"; "the idea for the book grew out of a short story"; "An interesting phenomenon uprose" [syn: arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, grow]

  2. bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation" [syn: initiate, start]

  3. begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc.; "The flight originates in Calcutta"

Usage examples of "originate".

In parts of Germany, where some say andouille originated, the sausage was made with all remaining intestines and casings pulled through a larger casing, seasoned and smoked.

Other authorities have suggested that the angiosperms originated along estuaries and bays as the ocean waters flooded the continents.

Spirit of Christ which operates through knowledge, asceticism, and holy consecration: thus originates the perfect Gnostic, the man who is free from the world, and master of himself, who lives in God and prepares himself for eternity.

Volcanoes were supposed to be the entrances to the infernal regions, and towards the south-east the whole region beyond the river Okeanos of Homer, from Java to Sumbawa and the sea of Banda, was sufficiently studded with mighty peaks to warrant the idea they may have originated.

By then TWA had decided that Rachel should be based at Dulles Airport in Virginia-meaning that her flights would originate and terminate there, even though she was trying to make a home for herself with her new husband on the coast of North Carolina.

Let us ask the astronomers who originate cosmogonical hypotheses, and invent a primitive nebula, the natural philosophers who dream that by the deterioration of energy and the dissipation of movement the material world will obtain final rest in the inertia of a homogeneous equilibrium, let us ask the biologists and psychologists who are enemies of fixed species and inquisitive about ancestral history.

Lusitano-French maps of the world which originated in the year 1542 with Dieppe cosmographers such as Pierre Desceliers and his school, there is a continental configuration which of late has greatly exercised the historians of maritime discovery.

His baggy, cuffless black trousers had originated with some other army, probably the Russian, but his tan loafers were distinctly unmilitary.

Nagarjuna, the same argument can be applied to the series itself: if all things dependently originate, does origination itself originate?

JAG office had of connecting the attempted burglary to where Desai believed it originated: the Orion trader Ganz.

But the greater scholars like Stout and Schultz, both of Nebraska, believe that he originated from American stock dating far back and that he emigrated over the land bridge to Asia to develop collaterally there.

This country seems to be the place for such a collection, which will by and by be curious and of more value than at present, for Homoeopathy seems to be following the pathological law of erysipelas, fading out where it originated as it spreads to new regions.

After a variety of conjectures and vague reports, each at variance with the other, and evidently deficient in the most remote connexion with the true cause of the strife, it was agreed to submit the question to the waiter, as a neutral observer, who assured us that the whole affair arose out of a trifling circumstance, originating with some mischievous boys, who, having watched two gownsmen into a cyprian temple in the neighbourhood of Saint Thomas, circulated a false report that they had carried thither the wives of two respectable mechanics.

The poet had said that the, downfall of the Roman empire would begin only when one of the successors of Augustus bethought him removing the capital of the empire to where it had originated.

Such is the way in which Maria Teresa would have argued, and notwithstanding the principle of virtue from which her argument had originated, it had ultimately given birth to all the infamous deeds which her executioners, the Commissaries of Chastity, committed with impunity under her name.