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Engender (to cause; produce) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the verb engender

What does engender mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: engendered | engendering | engenders

  1. call forth
  2. make (offspring) by reproduction

Alternative definition of the verb engender


  1. [obsolete, transitive] To beget (of a man); to bear or conceive (of a woman). [definition 14th-19th c.]
  2. [transitive] To give existence to, to produce (living creatures). [definition from 14th c.]
  3. [transitive] To bring into existence (a situation, quality, result etc.); to give rise to, cause, create. [definition from 14th c.]
  4. [obsolete, intransitive] To copulate, to have sex. [definition 15th-19th c.]
  5. [context: critical theory] To endow with gender; to create gender or enhance the importance of gender. [definition from 20th c.]

Definition of the verb engender for high school students

    to bring about, create, generate
    • example: During the Olympics, the victories of U.S. athletes engender a patriotic spirit among Americans.

The verb engender is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


Engender is an anti-sexist organisation operating in Scotland and other parts of Europe. They aim "to make Scotland a fairer, safer place where women can flourish and contribute to both the social and market economies with dignity, freedom and justice." Engender's goals include increased public awareness of sexism and its detrimental effects on society, equal representation of women in government, and training women activists at the local level.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Engender

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Google previewThe Jonathan Presidency (2013)

The First Year by John A. Ayoade, Adeoye A. Akinsanya, Olatunde J. B. Ojo

The balkanization of people of various ethnic groups into a single entity for the convenience of colonial rule without recourse to the contradictions such actions may engender is the one of the reasons for the political and social upheavels ...

Google previewRace and Power (2016)

Global Racism in the Twenty First Century by Gargi Bhattacharyya, John Gabriel, Stephen Small

Even when these illnesses are not sexually transmitted, the mass panic they engender is a fear of sexualised contamination (Singer, op. cit.). This chapter has taken the lessons of black feminism as a route to understanding the multiple ...

Google previewThe Imperial Encyclopaedic Dictionary (1901)

A New and Exhaustive Work of Reference to the English Language, Defining Over 250,000 Words, with a Full Account of Their Origin, Pronunciation and Use. Comprising a General Encyclopaedia of Art, Science, Invention and Discovery; a Gazetteer and Atlas of the World; a Compendious Dictionary of Universal Biography, Etc by Robert Hunter

engender. •8n-fir8n'-zied, a. [Prof, en, and Eng. frenzied engaged-column, t. • 3. One who engages, hires, or employs another (q. v.).] Maddened, f ronzied. A rf/l, . A columa nt,achod to a waU so that it is *»' TM* fork or duty ; an employer.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

* To ENGENDER, v. a. [engendrer, Pr.] >• To beget between different sexes. — This baf- •ard love is engendered betwixt lust and idleness. Suheg. 1.

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language ... Abstracted from the folio edition of the author ... Fourteenth edition, corrected, etc (1828)

To ENGENDER. v. a. [engendrer, Fr.] To beget between different sexes. Sidney. To produce ; to form.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

ENGARBOIL ENGENDER. ENGINE ' EN- GRASP. ENGRAVE. ENHABIT ENHANCE. EN- HANCE. ENHERI. To bind or pledge, sc. to certain fulfilments ; to fulfil or perform certain promises or conditions ; to stake, to hazard ; to undertake to do, ...

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Usage statistics about engender

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Engender Meaning

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Test ideas in the marketplace. You learn from hearing a range of perspectives. Consultation helps engender the support decisions need to be successfully implemented. (Donald Rumsfeld)
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Scrabble value of E1N1G2E1N1D2E1R1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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