verb (used without object), o·rig·i·nat·ed, o·rig·i·nat·ing.

  1. to take its origin or rise; begin; start; arise: The practice originated during the Middle Ages.
  2. (of a train, bus, or other public conveyance) to begin a scheduled run at a specified place: This train originates at Philadelphia.

verb (used with object), o·rig·i·nat·ed, o·rig·i·nat·ing.

  1. to give origin or rise to; initiate; invent: to originate a better method.


  1. to come or bring into being
  2. (intr) US and Canadian (of a bus, train, etc) to begin its journey at a specified point

n.1818, agent noun in Latin form from originate. v.1650s, probably a back-formation of origination. In earliest reference it meant “to trace the origin of;” meaning “to bring into existence” is from 1650s; intransitive sense of “to come into existence” is from 1775. Related: Originated; originating. v.

  1. To bring into being; create.
  2. To come into being; start.
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