- 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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1. spawn, sire, breed, father. 2. occasion, engender, effect, generate.
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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</p>
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
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
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