- simple past tense and a past participle of beget.
- (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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Examples from the Web for begot
I reflected that his was the calling which begot civilisation.The Wonder
J. D. Beresford
Well, this may we say: those who begot us need have no shame.Cleopatra
H. Rider Haggard
These qualities, and the time he had for thinking, begot Seed-corn.A Matter of Proportion
It more often begot laughter, and his case was an instance of it.The Dude Wrangler
What were they, after all, but dreams, “begot of nothing but vain fantasy?”She and I, Volume 2
John Conroy Hutcheson
- a past tense and past participle of beget
- to father
- to cause or create
Word Origin and History for begot
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.