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English definition of “spawn”


verb [T]     /spɔːn/
to cause something new, or many new things, to grow or start suddenly : Deregulation has also spawned three mobile-phone operators and five internet providers . The new economic freedom has spawned hundreds of new small businesses .
(Definition of spawn verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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