verb Archaic.

simple past tense of beget.

Nearby words

  1. beg-pardon,
  2. beg.,
  3. begad,
  4. began,
  5. begar,
  6. begats,
  7. begem,
  8. beget,
  9. begetter,
  10. beggar



plural noun Informal.

genealogical lists, especially those in the Old Testament.

Origin of begats

noun plural use of begat



verb (used with object), be·got or (Archaic) be·gat; be·got·ten or be·got; be·get·ting.

(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 formsbe·get·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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archaic a past tense of beget


verb -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten or -got (tr)

to father
to cause or create
Derived Formsbegetter, noun

Word Origin for beget

Old English begietan; related to Old Saxon bigetan, Old High German pigezzan, Gothic bigitan to find; see be-, get

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