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beget

[bih-get]
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verb (used with object), be·got or (Archaic) be·gat; be·got·ten or be·got; be·get·ting.
  1. (especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).
  2. to cause; produce as an effect: a belief that power begets power.

Origin of beget

before 1000; Middle English begeten (see be-, get); replacing Middle English biyeten, Old English begetan; cognate with Gothic bigitan, Old High German bigezzan
Related formsbe·get·ter, noun

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1. spawn, sire, breed, father. 2. occasion, engender, effect, generate.
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  • Or beget pleasure in another that is troublesome to himself?

    The Praise of Folly

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • For invention and improvement are prolific, and beget more of their kind.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • But when both parties have ceased to beget children there shall be no penalties.

    Laws

    Plato

  • He will tell you that he has always known that some day he must wed and do his best to beget a son.

    Love-at-Arms

    Raphael Sabatini

  • For the praises of God will beget no disgust, neither will they ever cease.


British Dictionary definitions for beget

beget

verb -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten or -got (tr)
  1. to father
  2. to cause or create
Derived Formsbegetter, 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 beget

v.

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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