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- make children
"Abraham begot Isaac"
"Men often father children but don''t recognize them"

 
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- bring into existence
"The new manager generated a lot of problems"
"The computer bug generated chaos in the office"

 
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- produce (energy)
"We can''t generate enough power for the entire city"
"The hydroelectric plant needs to to generate more electricity"

 
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- give or supply
"The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"
"This year''s crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"
"The estate renders some revenue for the family"

 
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Generate   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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. Milton.

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. (Math.) To trace out, as a line, figure, or solid, by the motion of a point or a magnitude of inferior order.

 
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