• WordNet 3.6
    • v originate bring into being "He initiated a new program","Start a foundation"
    • v originate come into existence; take on form or shape "A new religious movement originated in that country","a love that sprang up from friendship","the idea for the book grew out of a short story","An interesting phenomenon uprose"
    • v originate begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc. "The flight originates in Calcutta"
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Christy's Original Minstrels Christy's Original Minstrels
Original Morse code Original Morse code

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The turkey was named for what was wrongly thought to be its country of origin.
    • v. t Originate To give an origin or beginning to; to cause to be; to bring into existence; to produce as new. "A decomposition of the whole civil and political mass, for the purpose of originating a new civil order."
    • v. i Originate To take first existence; to have origin or beginning; to begin to exist or act; as, the scheme originated with the governor and council.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The yo-yo was originally a weapon in the Philippines.
    • originate To give rise or origin to; supply or constitute the beginning or commencement of; initiate; set going; bring to pass; bring into existence; occasion; cause; create, artistically or intellectually; produce; invent.
    • originate To designate or describe as taking (its) beginning; derive; deduce.
    • originate To arise; take (its) rise; find a starting-point or source; begin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vermont, admitted as the 14th state in 1791, was the 1st addition to the original 13 colonies.
    • v.t Originate to give origin to: to bring into existence
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.”
  • U. Thant
    U. Thant
    “Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “True Civilization does not lie in gas, nor in steam, nor in turn-tables. It lies in the reduction of the traces of original sin.”
  • Cesare Pavese
    “All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority otherwise called ambition.”
  • Michael Korda
    “Success has always been easy to measure. It is the distance between one's origins and one's final achievement.”
  • Aristotle
    “Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. origine—L. origo, originisorīri, to rise.


In literature:

The church is of ancient origin, but it is difficult to say how much of the original fabric survives.
"Somerset" by G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
ALSACE-LORRAINE` (1,640), a territory originally of the German empire, ceded to Louis XIV.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Last of all the fateful original motto rings once more in serene, contained majesty.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
The original novel was written by Rex Beach.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
He had no original genius, but knew stage-craft well.
"A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature" by John W. Cousin
Bayswater and its origin, 182.
"Notes & Queries, Index of Volume 1" by Various
The floor of the portico is paved with gravestones, some apparently in their original position.
"The Cathedral Church of Peterborough" by W.D. Sweeting
The originals are entirely lost.
"Chapters on Jewish Literature" by Israel Abrahams
Originality may be shown in imitation as well as in production, and this type of originality the Japanese have displayed in a marked way.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
If the religion of the Jews, therefore, should disclose its origin, the origin of Christianity would also be manifest.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana

In poetry:

Original Greek:
Αννα Κομνηνή
Στον πρόλογο της Αλεξιάδος της θρηνεί,
για την χηρεία της η Αννα Κομνηνή.
"Anna Comnena" by Constantine P Cavafy
'Ere's the axe - that's the genuine axe, Sir,
That's given Royal necks some 'ard whacks.
Tho' it's 'ad a new 'andle and perhaps a new head
But it's a real old original axe.
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
This the universal bliss,
Bliss for every soul designed,
God's original promise this,
God's great gift to all mankind:
Blest in Christ this moment be!
Blest to all eternity!
"Hymn XX: Weary Souls, that Wander Wide" by Charles Wesley
Original Greek:
Ετσι πολύ ατένισα --
Την εμορφιά έτσι πολύ ατένισα,
που πλήρης είναι αυτής η όρασίς μου.
"So Much I Gazed" by Constantine P Cavafy
Original Greek:
Χωρίς περίσκεψιν, χωρίς λύπην, χωρίς αιδώ
μεγάλα κ' υψηλά τριγύρω μου έκτισαν τείχη.
"Walls" by Constantine P Cavafy
You still, fair mother, in your offspring trace
The stock of beauty destined for the race;
Kind Nature forming them, the pattern took
From heaven's first work, and Eve's original look.
"To The Lady Dursley" by Matthew Prior

In news:

Originally published Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 3:01 PM.
Originally named Magnora after Timothy Norton and wife Honora McLaughlin Norton's daughters Maggie and Nora, the town's name was modified to Magnolia Vale and then Magnolia.
Originally published Monday, August 13, 2012 at 7:02 PM.
The Rodeway Inn brand was originally founded in 1964 and acquired by Choice Hotels in 1990.
This segment was originally broadcast on Oct 29, 2006.
Originally published Friday, March 4, 2011 at 10:00 PM.
Originally published Friday, May 18, 2012 at 5:30 AM.
Two weeks ago I announced a contest for the best new original limerick on language.
Michel Cluizel has been creating delectable chocolate confections for more than half a century, and he keeps coming up with treats that manage to be both original and incredibly satisfying.
Allied Reliability Group has acquired ABB 's Reliability Consulting business in North America, originally known as HSB RT.
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He was originally scheduled to have the surgery in Philadelphia on Tuesday, but Superstorm Sandy changed that schedule.
Dickey said he originally injured the muscle on a cold night against the Phillies on April 13.
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In science:

It must be admitted that the origin of this small factor is not understood, just as the origin of a large value of tan β is not understood.
From Prototype SU(5) to Realistic SU(7) SUSY GUT
This chain map is homotopic to the original, so the original is realized up to homotopy.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
The probability that GRW with the rule RRAND on Z2 returns to the origin at least once is equal to the probability that a particle returns to origin in the planar mirror model.
Greedy Random Walk
In order to define such a box, one needs to specify one of the box vertices, which we refer to as the “origin vertex”, and the N − 2 non-orthogonal edges originating from this vertex.
Monte-Carlo sampling of energy-constrained quantum superpositions in high-dimensional Hilbert spaces
The origin vertex also becomes the origin of the modified coordinate system, and the vectors of the modified basis are oriented along the same N − 2 edge directions of box B .
Monte-Carlo sampling of energy-constrained quantum superpositions in high-dimensional Hilbert spaces