From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Generate \Gen"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Generated; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Generating.] [L. generatus, p. p. of generare to
   generate, fr. genus. See Genus, Gender.]
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   1. To beget; to procreate; to propagate; to produce (a being
      similar to the parent); to engender; as, every animal
      generates its own species.
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   2. To cause to be; to bring into life. --Milton.
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   3. To originate, especially by a vital or chemical process;
      to produce; to cause.
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            Whatever generates a quantity of good chyle must
            likewise generate milk.               --Arbuthnot.
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   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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