- (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
Examples from the Web for begetting
But it takes a special kind of ease and openness for all this begetting to take place.Why Chicago Is Now America's Hottest City
February 28, 2011
Which raises the chilling question: Are the arsons in Coatesville begetting more arsons?The Town That Won't Stop Burning
Gregory Gilderman, Jeff Deeney
May 14, 2009
They changed American music forever, begetting more kings: Benny Goodman, the “King of Swing” and Nat “King” Cole.Obamaville
November 6, 2008
It is only in the begetting of men that breeding from the worst stocks may be said to be the rule.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
Is it positively certain that he is incapable of begetting a child?The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Mars himself, for reasons of his own, seems to have presided over my begetting.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
The glory of it is in being,—not in begetting; and in the spirit and substance,—not the change.Proserpina, Volume 1
But the begetting of a child is less than the begetting of the man and the woman.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
- to father
- to cause or create
Word Origin and History for begetting
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.