- (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 begetter
Begetter of intelligence reached by intuition, not reason, iii.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4
Such were the deeds of the begetter and giver of being, Tepeuh, Gucumatz.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2
Hubert Howe Bancroft
It was a great and fruitful idea—and the Prince was its only begetter.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England, Vol. I (of 4).--1841-1857
Charles L. Graves
One form of the legend makes Tammuz the begetter of autumn vegetation.Sumerian Hymns
Frederick Augustus Vanderburgh
They loved; and Love is the parent of endurance, the begetter of courage.
- 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 begetter
mid-15c., agent noun from beget.
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