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Noun
The beginnings or the source of how something or someone started
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“Being a dyed in the wool researcher, he uncovers many facts not generally known in his quest for the origins of present-day English.”
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Those from which anything proceeds
“He embarked on a personal journey to discover the origin of life.”
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(roots) One's family, ethnic, or cultural origins
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(usually in singular) The reason or origin of an event or set of circumstances
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The early stage in the development or growth of something
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The causes, explanations, or justifications for an action or event
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The basic tenets of an area of knowledge
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