Learner's definition of ORIGINATE
to begin to exist
to be produced or created
No one knows when or where the idea (first) originated.
These stories originated during earlier times.
The book originated as/from a series of lectures.
The sound seemed to originate from outside the room.
The custom is believed to have originated in the western U.S.
That idea did not originate with him. [=he was not the first person to have that idea]
to cause (something) to exist
to produce or create (something)