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verb British English pronunciation: originate /əˈrɪdʒəneɪt/ 
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I/you/we/theyoriginate
he/she/itoriginates
present participleoriginating
past tenseoriginated
past participleoriginated
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to begin to exist or appear for the first time
    originate in:

    The concept of factory outlet shopping originated in America.

    originate from:

    Many herbs originate from the Mediterranean.

    originate with:

    The idea didn't originate with George Bush, but with Ronald Reagan.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to create or start something

    I intend to find out who originated this rumour.

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