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English definition of “generate”

generate

verb [T] uk   /ˈdʒen.ər.eɪt/ us    /-ɚ-/

generate verb [T] (CREATE)

B2 to cause something to exist: Her latest film has generated a lot of interest/excitement. The new development will generate 1,500 new jobs. These measures will increase the club's ability to generate revenue/income.

generate verb [T] (MAKE ENERGY)

B2 to produce energy in a particular form: The wind farm may be able to generate enough electricity/power for 2,000 homes.
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