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beget

[bih-get]
verb (used with object), be·got or (Archaic) be·gat; be·got·ten or be·got; be·get·ting.
  1. (especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).
  2. to cause; produce as an effect: a belief that power begets power.
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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

Synonyms

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Related Words

engendersireprocreategetaffordbreedfathereffectreproducebringproducepropagatemultiplyoccasioncausegenerate

Examples from the Web for begetting

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  • 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.

  • But the begetting of a child is less than the begetting of the man and the woman.


British Dictionary definitions for begetting

beget

verb -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten or -got (tr)
  1. to father
  2. to cause or create
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Derived Formsbegetter, noun

Word Origin

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 begetting

beget

v.

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.

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