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originate from (some place or something)
To come from some place or source of origin. The olives we use to create this oil originate from Greece, so you can be sure that you are getting an authentic flavor. The story actually originated from an idea I had in college about a robot that travels the cosmos absorbing the culture and knowledge of different alien species.
originate in (some place or something)
To begin in or stem from some place or source of origin. Our family tree originates in Sicily, but we have branches extending to nearly every continent on the planet! It seems like the issue originates in the company's bookkeeping protocols.
originate with (someone or something)
To begin with someone or something; to have been started or instigated by someone or something. The idea actually originates with my friend Michael, who told me his a dream he had about a robot that travels the cosmos. The trail of dirty money originates with a shell company in the Seychelles.
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originate from something
to come from something or some place. Did you originate from around here? I originated from a different area of the country. Some of our customs originate from old beliefs.
originate in something
to have had a beginning in something or some place. The river originates in the Andes Mountains. All your troubles originate in your lungs.
originate with someone or something
to have been started by someone, something, or during a time period or event. Did this policy originate with you? This idea originated with the committee.
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