generate gen‧e‧rate [ˈdʒenəreɪt] verb [transitive]
1. MANUFACTURING to produce energy or power:

• These solar panels generate enough electricity to supply a home with all its energy requirements.

• The water goes first to generate hydroelectric power and then to irrigate the land.

2. COMMERCE to do something that will produce or increase sales, income, profit etc:

• The Clariant sale generated proceeds of FFr2.3 billion.

• The business failed to generate sufficient revenue to cover its operating and capital costs.

• the percentage of sales generated abroad

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generate UK US /ˈdʒenəreɪt/ verb [T]
to produce or create something such as a profits, sales, or jobs: »

The current recovery has so far generated far fewer high-paying jobs than the last boom.

generate cash/income/revenue »

These measures will increase the firm's ability to generate income.

NATURAL RESOURCES to produce energy: generate electricity/power »

The wind farm may be able to generate enough power for 2000 homes.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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