- (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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1. spawn, sire, breed, father. 2. occasion, engender, effect, generate.
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Examples from the Web for beget
A society which is willing to accept increasing levels of violence is a society that will beget more of it.From the Levant to Ferguson to Baltimore, The Most Violent Summer in Years
September 14, 2014
An interest in fashion also seems to beget an assumption of selfishness and mean-spiritedness.Michelle Obama and Ann Romney: First Ladies of Style
October 24, 2012
While some may say that our exploding obesity epidemic is a hyperbole, fat does beget fat.Will Your Baby Be Obese?
Joyce C. Tang
September 12, 2010
The Oscars also like down-and-out characters and misunderstood geniuses, both of which tend to beget low-talkers.Mumbling Wins Oscars!
March 3, 2010
Or beget pleasure in another that is troublesome to himself?The Praise of Folly
For invention and improvement are prolific, and beget more of their kind.The Age of Invention
But when both parties have ceased to beget children there shall be no penalties.Laws
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
For the praises of God will beget no disgust, neither will they ever cease.On Prayer and The Contemplative Life
St. Thomas Aquinas
- to father
- to cause or create
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
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