Meaning of originate

o•rig•i•nate

Pronunciation: (u-rij'u-nāt"), [key]
— v., -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
—v.i.
  1. to take its origin or rise; begin; start; arise: The practice originated during the Middle Ages.
  2. (of a train, bus, or other public conveyance) to begin a scheduled run at a specified place: This train originates at Philadelphia.
—v.t.
  1. to give origin or rise to; initiate; invent: to originate a better method.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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