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[bih-got] /bɪˈgɒt/
simple past tense and a past participle of beget.


[bih-get] /bɪˈgɛt/
verb (used with object), begot or (Archaic) begat; begotten or begot; begetting.
(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
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
1. spawn, sire, breed, father. 2. occasion, engender, effect, generate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for begot
Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • It more often begot laughter, and his case was an instance of it.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • What were they, after all, but dreams, “begot of nothing but vain fantasy?”

    She and I, Volume 2 John Conroy Hutcheson
  • He will rue it that ever he begot a son who will lose him his acres and his steading.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • They seem to have no acquaintance with one another, beyond that begot out of the game.

  • Nabopolassar, the father who begot me, had begun to build a palace of bricks.

  • From the fame and memory of him that begot me, shamefacedness, and manlike behaviour.

    No Cross, No Crown William Penn
  • Also afterwards he begot children on his second wife Ediltrudis.

British Dictionary definitions for begot


a past tense and past participle of beget


verb (transitive) -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten, -got
to father
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 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.

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