- (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 begets
And just as buying begets more buying, selling often begets more selling.Japan’s Stock Market Suffers as Investors Worry About Success of Abenomics
June 13, 2013
It also begets a plastic surgery chic, where people trade faces like they do cars.My Day With Paris
November 4, 2008
This begets a very natural question; What is meant by a sceptic?
These lies are like the father that begets them; gross as a mountain, open palpable.The Universal Reciter
This she said with that genuine tone which begets confidence.Is He Popenjoy?
They make for him a fame which begets respect where his wrongs only excited pity.
It begets a solitude in a vast thronged assemblage for you and for me.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
- 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 begets
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