- (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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Related Words for begetterdiscoverer, father, mother, origin, cause, authority, expert, designer, producer, founder, author, architect, maker, dad, predecessor, ancestor, parent, pioneer, inventor, mastermind
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Historical Examples of begetter
Begetter of intelligence reached by intuition, not reason, iii.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4
Such were the deeds of the begetter and giver of being, Tepeuh, Gucumatz.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2
Hubert Howe Bancroft
It was a great and fruitful idea—and the Prince was its only begetter.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England, Vol. I (of 4).--1841-1857
Charles L. Graves
One form of the legend makes Tammuz the begetter of autumn vegetation.Sumerian Hymns
Frederick Augustus Vanderburgh
They loved; and Love is the parent of endurance, the begetter of courage.
- to father
- to cause or create
Word Origin for beget
Word Origin and History for begetter
mid-15c., agent noun from beget.
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.