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Dictionary definition for: Originate

1. (v) 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"

2. (v) bring into being; "He initiated a new program" "Start a foundation"

3. (v) begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc.; "The flight originates in Calcutta"

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