1. To beget; to procreate; to propagate; to produce (a being similar to the parent); to engender; as, every animal generates its own species.
2. To cause to be; to bring into life.
3. To originate, especially by a vital or chemical process; to produce; to cause. Whatever generates a quantity of good chyle must likewise generate milk. (Arbuthnot)
4. (Science: mathematics) to trace out, as a line, figure, or solid, by the motion of a point or a magnitude of inferior order.
Origin: L. Generatus, p. P. Of generare to generate, fr. Genus. See genus, gender.