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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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