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English noun: origin

1. origin (location) the place where something begins, where it springs into being


SamplesThe Italian beginning of the Renaissance.
Jupiter was the origin of the radiation.
Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River.
Communism's Russian root.


Synonymsbeginning, root, rootage, source


Broader (hypernym)point


Narrower (hyponym)birthplace, cradle, derivation, fountainhead, head, headspring, headwater, home, jumping-off place, place of origin, point of departure, point source, provenance, provenience, spring, trail head, trailhead, wellhead, wellspring

2. origin (attribute) properties attributable to your ancestry


SamplesHe comes from good origins.


Synonymsdescent, extraction


Broader (hypernym)ancestry, derivation, filiation, lineage


Narrower (hyponym)full blood

3. origin (event) an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events


Synonymsinception, origination


Broader (hypernym)beginning


Narrower (hyponym)cause, emanation, germination, overture, preliminary, prelude, procession, rise

4. origin (cognition) the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero


Broader (hypernym)intersection

5. origin (process) the source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived


SamplesThe rumor had its origin in idle gossip.
Vegetable origins.
Mineral origin.
Origin in sensation.


Broader (hypernym)source

6. origin (group) the descendants of one individual


SamplesHis entire lineage has been warriors.


Synonymsancestry, blood, blood line, bloodline, descent, line, line of descent, lineage, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock


Broader (hypernym)family tree, genealogy


Narrower (hyponym)family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept, side









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