- simple past tense of beget.
- genealogical lists, especially those in the Old Testament.
Origin of begats
- (especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).
- to cause; produce as an effect: a belief that power begets power.
Origin of beget
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Examples from the Web for begat
And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.The Story of Noah's Ark From the Bible’s Book of Genesis
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Here he begat a family consisting of five pairs of twin male children.Critias
Why betray them when they were doomed to be stifled in the breast that begat them?The Suitors of Yvonne
But I am utterly wretched, for I begat the best of sons in Troy, and none of them is left.The Legacy of Greece
This, I trow, was done by those evil spirits that begat them, for the injury of the Goths.Bulgaria
Sailors married queens and begat princesses and all the rest of it.The House of Pride
- archaic a past tense of beget
- to father
- to cause or create
Word Origin and History for begat
archaic past tense of beget.
Old English begietan "to get by effort, find, acquire, attain, seize" (class V strong verb, past tense begeat, past participle begeaton), from be- + get (v.). Sense of "to procreate" is from c.1200. Related to Old High German pigezzan, Gothic bigitan "to get, obtain." Related: Begot; begotten.