- 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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Had they not begotten as many beings as the tree had begotten branches?Fruitfulness
Are they not all the works of his wisdom, born and begotten of him?Symposium
There were thistles in everybody's crop, and after all it was a good thing to have begotten a girl.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
Indeed, it is largely of their disputes that the mystery is begotten.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
There for an hour or so in such agony of mind as is begotten only of suspense.The Shame of Motley
- a 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 begotten
late 14c., past participle adjective from beget.
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