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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Originate \O*rig"i*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Originated; p. pr. & vb. n. Originating.] [From Origin.] To give an origin or beginning to; to cause to be; to bring into existence; to produce as new. [1913 Webster] A decomposition of the whole civil and political mass, for the purpose of originating a new civil order. --Burke. [1913 Webster]