generate-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: cause something to exist; create or produce

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] GENERATE NP2[patient]

This new movie is generating a lot of excitement.
He generated his oldest daughter with his first wife.
Was that the assassination that generated hostilities between the countries?
The new development will generate 1500 new jobs.
These measures will increase the club's ability to generate income.
The firm's new line of PDAs is generating about half their revenue this year.
This new strain of wheat generates larger crops per acre than older varieties.
The latest presidential debate has generated much discussion.
The new dam will generate electricity for several towns.
The rapid expansion and contraction of air generates sound waves.

VerbNet: engender-27,grow-26.2
FrameNet: Birth,Intentionally_create,Creating,Cause_to_start
PropBank: generate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4

Sense Number 2: define or construct something abstractly

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] GENERATE NP2[product]

This set of grammatical rules cannot generate relative clauses.
You can generate an ellipse by defining two foci.
A proof for that theorem can be generated along the following lines.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: generate.01