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"origin" in British English

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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 ​unhappychildhood was the origin of her ​problemslater 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 ​startedtheirlife: The ​story has ​obscure origins (= no one ​knows how it ​started). The president's ​family was ofhumble origins (= they were ​poorpeople without a good ​position in ​society).C1 [U] where a ​person was ​born: He is ofNorthAfrican 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 ​muscleattached to the ​bone that does not ​move when the ​muscle is used
(Definition of origin from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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originnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈɔr·ə·dʒɪn, ˈɑr-/
the thing from which something comes, or the ​place where it ​began: [C] the origins of ​language [U] He ​studied the origin and ​development of the ​nervoussystem. A person’s origin is the ​country from which the ​person comes: [U] The ​population is of ​Indian or Pakistani origin. mathematics The origin is the zero ​point on a ​numberline (= ​drawing that ​represents all the ​numbers that ​exist), or the ​point where the ​horizontal and ​verticallines on a ​graph (= ​drawing) cross.
originator
noun [C]  us   /əˈrɪdʒ·əˌneɪ·t̬ər/
Morton was the originator of Arbor ​Day.
(Definition of origin from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"origin" in Business English

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originnoun

uk   us   /ˈɒrɪdʒɪn/
[C] (also origins [plural]) the beginning or cause of something: The origins of this ​practicedate back to the ​time of the Depression. Whether ​entrepreneurs are ​self-employed or ​working as ​employees, they are often at the origin of radical ​innovations.
[U] the ​place where something was made or came from: The furniture was French in origin. The origin of the ​money that ​financed the ​deal was unclear. All these ​products must ​state their country of origin clearly on the ​packaging.
[U] the ​place where a ​person was born: He is of North African origin. What is your country of origin?
(Definition of origin from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “origin”
in Korean 근원, 출신…
in Arabic أصْل…
in Malaysian asal, punca…
in French origine…
in Russian происхождение, источник…
in Chinese (Traditional) 起源, 源頭, 起因…
in Italian origine…
in Turkish kaynak, köken, başlangıç…
in Polish pochodzenie, początek…
in Spanish origen…
in Vietnamese nguồn gốc…
in Portuguese origem…
in Thai ที่มา…
in German der Ursprung…
in Catalan origen…
in Japanese 起源, (家族の)出身…
in Chinese (Simplified) 起源, 源头, 起因…
in Indonesian asal…
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