[syn: beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Generate \Gen"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Generated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Generating.] [L. generatus, p. p. of generare to
generate, fr. genus. See Genus, Gender.]
1. To beget; to procreate; to propagate; to produce (a being
similar to the parent); to engender; as, every animal
generates its own species.
2. To cause to be; to bring into life. --Milton.
3. To originate, especially by a vital or chemical process;
to produce; to cause.
Whatever generates a quantity of good chyle must
likewise generate milk. --Arbuthnot.
4. (Math.) To trace out, as a line, figure, or solid, by the
motion of a point or a magnitude of inferior order.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: bring into existence; "The new manager generated a lot of
problems"; "The computer bug generated chaos in the
office"; "The computer generated this image"; "The
earthquake generated a tsunami" [syn: generate, bring
2: give or supply; "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"; "This
year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"; "The estate
renders some revenue for the family" [syn: render, yield,
return, give, generate]
3: produce (energy); "We can't generate enough power for the
entire city"; "The hydroelectric plant needs to generate more
4: make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father
children but don't recognize them" [syn: beget, get,
engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
114 Moby Thesaurus words for "generate":
accomplish, achieve, amplify, author, bear, beget, breed,
breed true, bring about, bring forth, bring into being,
bring to effect, bring to pass, call into being, cause, charge,
coin, conceive, concoct, construct, contrive, cook up, copulate,
create, crossbreed, design, develop, devise, discover, do,
dream up, effect, effectuate, electrify, energize, engender,
establish, evolve, fabricate, fashion, father, forge, form, found,
frame, galvanize, gestate, get, get up, give being to,
give birth to, give occasion to, give origin to, give rise to,
hatch, impose, improvise, inaugurate, inbreed, induce, initiate,
inspire, institute, introduce, invent, loop in, make, make do with,
make love, make up, manufacture, mature, mint, mother, mould,
multiply, muster up, occasion, originate, outbreed, parent,
perform, plan, plug in, procreate, produce, proliferate, propagate,
provoke, put together, realize, reproduce, reproduce in kind,
set afloat, set on foot, set up, shock, short, short-circuit, sire,
spawn, step down, step up, stiffen, strike out, switch off,
switch on, think out, think up, turn off, turn on, whip up, work,
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
To produce something according to an algorithm or program or set of rules,
or as a (possibly unintended) side effect of the execution of an algorithm
or program. The opposite of parse. This term retains its mechanistic
connotations (though often humorously) when used of human behavior. ?The
guy is rational most of the time, but mention nuclear energy around him and
he'll generate infinite flamage.?
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
To produce something according to an algorithm or program or
set of rules, or as a (possibly unintended) side effect of
the execution of an algorithm or program.
The opposite of parse.