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originnoun

uk   /ˈɒr.ɪ.dʒɪn/  us   /ˈɔːr.ə-/
B2 [C] (also origins) the beginning or cause of something: It's a book about the origin of the universe. Her unhappy childhood was the origin of her problems later in life. What's the origin of this saying? (= Where did it come from?)origins [plural] used to describe the particular way in which something started to exist or someone started their life: The story has obscure origins (= no one knows how it started). The president's family was of humble origins (= they were poor people without a good position in society).C1 [U] where a person was born: He is of North African origin. What is your country of origin?B2 [U] where an object was made: The furniture was French in origin.
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[C] specialized medical the end of a muscle attached to the bone that does not move when the muscle is used
Translations of “origin”
in Arabic أصْل…
in Korean 근원, 출신…
in Malaysian asal, punca…
in French origine…
in Turkish kaynak, köken, başlangıç…
in Italian origine…
in Chinese (Traditional) 起源, 源頭, 起因…
in Russian происхождение, источник…
in Polish pochodzenie, początek…
in Vietnamese nguồn gốc…
in Spanish origen…
in Portuguese origem…
in Thai ที่มา…
in German der Ursprung…
in Catalan origen…
in Japanese 起源, (家族の)出身…
in Indonesian asal…
in Chinese (Simplified) 起源, 源头, 起因…
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