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verb originate pronunciation in British English /əˈrɪdʒəneɪt/
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present participleoriginating
past tenseoriginated
past participleoriginated
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  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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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