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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

originate at, originate from, originate in, originate with

The verb originate is commonly followed by the prepositions in and with. Originate at is seen mainly in mathematical or geographical descriptions and originate from in broadcasting.

  • That belief originated in medieval Europe and has not been challenged to this day.
  • The game of lacrosse originated with the First Nations in southern Ontario.
  • How do you determine the angle between two lines originating at the same point?
  • Today’s broadcast originates from (or in) the CBC studios in the Château Laurier.