origin Definition

  • 1the point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived
  • 2the background, ancestry, or beginning of a person or thing

Using origin: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "origin" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The origin of the universe is still a mystery.

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    The word 'robot' has its origin in Czech.

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    She traced her family's origin back to the 17th century.

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    The company has its origins in a small garage.

origin Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for origin

Idioms Using origin

  • to find out the real cause or source of something


    We need to get to the origin of the problem before we can solve it.

  • to have developed or come from a particular source or cause


    The tradition of wearing wedding rings has its origin in ancient Egypt.

  • to find out where something started or came from


    The detective traced the stolen car to its origin in a nearby town.

Phrases with origin

  • the place where something or someone comes from


    The label on the wine bottle indicates its place of origin.

  • the most fundamental or earliest source of something


    The ultimate origin of life on Earth is still a subject of scientific research.

  • ancestral origin

    the country or region where one's ancestors came from


    She was proud of her ancestral origin and visited the country of her forefathers.

Origins of origin

from Latin 'origo', meaning 'beginning, source, birth'


Summary: origin in Brief

The term 'origin' [ˈɒrɪdʒɪn] refers to the point, place, or source where something begins, arises, or is derived. It can denote the background, ancestry, or beginning of a person or thing, as in 'She traced her family's origin back to the 17th century.' 'Origin' extends into phrases like 'place of origin,' and idioms like 'get to the origin of something,' denoting finding the real cause or source.

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