originate

Meaning(s)

1. begin, form, start

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originated in (a time/place), the originating cause/factor

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The verb 'to originate' means 'to begin' or to 'start from'. If you ask someone where they 'originate from' you are asking where they were born or where they grew up. You might see on goods or produce where something 'originates' from- where it was made or was grown. 'To originate' can also mean to create, invent or initiate something. "She originated a new approach to painting." "He originated a whole new way of thinking about electricity." 

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  1. We believe that the phrase originated in ancient Ireland. If that's true, it's thousands of years old!
  2. If you examine the evidence closely, you'll see that this is the originating cause of the problem.
  3. I think the earthquake was definitely an originating factor of the tsunami.

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  1. The idea for the product originated when two friends were discussing a problem they both had meeting new people.
  2. We will have to find out where the rumours originated if we want to prevent this from happening again.

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