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[bih-gat] /bɪˈgæt/
verb, Archaic.
simple past tense of beget.


[bih-gats] /bɪˈgæts/
plural noun, Informal.
genealogical lists, especially those in the Old Testament.
Origin of begats
noun plural use of begat


[bih-get] /bɪˈgɛt/
verb (used with object), begot or (Archaic) begat; begotten or begot; begetting.
(especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).
to cause; produce as an effect:
a belief that power begets power.
before 1000; Middle English begeten (see be-, get); replacing Middle English biyeten, Old English begetan; cognate with Gothic bigitan, Old High German bigezzan
Related forms
begetter, noun
1. spawn, sire, breed, father. 2. occasion, engender, effect, generate. Unabridged
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  • And Sem the father of all ye childrẽ of Eber and the eldest brother of Iapheth/ begat children also.

  • Sailors married queens and begat princesses and all the rest of it.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • It had been better for such Parents, had they not begat them, and better for such Children had they not been born.

  • Why betray them when they were doomed to be stifled in the breast that begat them?

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • Not that grunting and omnivorous swine who took the cowl, begat you!

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • But I am utterly wretched, for I begat the best of sons in Troy, and none of them is left.

  • By their sin of eating they fell from immortality to mortality, and they begat an offspring like unto themselves.

  • This, I trow, was done by those evil spirits that begat them, for the injury of the Goths.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • But how old Adam was when he begat these sons does not appear.

    The City of God, Volume II Aurelius Augustine
British Dictionary definitions for begat


(archaic) a past tense of beget


verb (transitive) -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten, -got
to father
to cause or create
Derived Forms
begetter, noun
Word Origin
Old English begietan; related to Old Saxon bigetan, Old High German pigezzan, Gothic bigitan to find; see be-, get
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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.

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