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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.”
Those from which anything proceeds
“He embarked on a personal journey to discover the origin of life.”
(roots) One's family, ethnic, or cultural origins
(usually in singular) The reason or origin of an event or set of circumstances
The early stage in the development or growth of something
The causes, explanations, or justifications for an action or event
The basic tenets of an area of knowledge
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