Pronunciation: ( jen'u-rāt"), [key]
—v., -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to bring into existence; cause to be; produce.
2. to create by a vital or natural process.
3. to create and distribute vitally and profusely: He generates ideas that we all should consider. A good diplomat generates good will.
4. to reproduce; procreate.
5. to produce by a chemical process.
a. to trace (a figure) by the motion of a point, straight line, or curve.
b. to act as base for all the elements of a given set: The number 2 generates the set 2, 4, 8, 16.
7. Ling.to produce or specify (a grammatical sentence or other construction or set of constructions) by the application of a rule or set of rules in a generative grammar.
to reproduce; propagate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.