AskDefine | Define engender

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1 call forth [syn: breed, spawn]
2 make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them" [syn: beget, get, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth]

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  1. To bring into existence, to cause.
  2. To stimulate.



bring into existence
  • Dutch: voortbrengen
  • Finnish: synnyttää, luoda, aiheuttaa
  • Dutch: stimuleren, aanporren
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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