Answer: to cause to exist; to produce
Word Origin Middle English (formerly also as ingender): from Old French engendrer from Latin ingenerare from in- 'in' + generare 'beget' (see generate).
Scrabble Points: 10
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When "engender" was first used in the 14th century it meant "propagate" or "procreate " but extended meanings soon developed. "Engender" comes from the Latin verb generare which means "to generate" or "to beget." "Generate " "regenerate " "degenerate " and "generation" are of course related to the Latin verb as well.
verb (used with object) to produce cause or give rise to: Hatred engenders violence.
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37 synonyms of engender from the Merriam-Webster Thesaurus plus 47 related words definitions and antonyms. Find another word for engender . Engender : to be the cause of (a situation action or state of mind).
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