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English definition of “originate”

originate

verb     /əˈrɪdʒ.ɪ.neɪt/
C2 [I] to come from a particular place, time, situation, etc.: Although the technology originated in the UK, it has been developed in the US. The game is thought to have originated among the native peoples of Alaska.Origins and sources [T] to start something or cause it to happen: Who originated the saying 'Small is beautiful'?Causing things to happenStarting and beginningStarting again
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