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beget

[bih-get] /bɪˈgɛt/
verb (used with object), begot or (Archaic) begat; begotten or begot; begetting.
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
1000
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
Synonyms
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.

  • There is nothing like the peace of God to beget good will to man.

    Gathering Jewels

    James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
British Dictionary definitions for beget

beget

/bɪˈɡɛt/
verb (transitive) -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten, -got
1.
to father
2.
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 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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