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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 orig·i·nate /əˈrɪʤəˌnet/
 (v.)發自(vt.)開始,發明,發起(vi.)發源,發生

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 O·rig·i·nate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Originated p. pr. & vb. n. Originating.]  To give an origin or beginning to; to cause to be; to bring into existence; to produce as new.
    A decomposition of the whole civil and political mass, for the purpose of originating a new civil order.   --Burke.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 O·rig·i·nate, v. i. To take first existence; to have origin or beginning; to begin to exist or act; as, the scheme originated with the governor and council.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 originate
      v 1: come into existence; take on form or shape; "A new religious
           movement originated in that country"; "a love that
           sprang up from friendship"; "the idea for the book grew
           out of a short story"; "An interesting phenomenon
           uprose" [syn: arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring
           up, grow]
      2: bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a
         foundation" [syn: initiate, start]
      3: begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus,
         etc.; "The flight originates in Calcutta"