simple past tense and a past participle of beget.
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 begetenRelated formsbe·get·ter, noun
); replacing Middle English biyeten, Old English begetan;
cognate with Gothic bigitan, Old High German bigezzan
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Related Words for begotengender
Examples from the Web for begot
Historical Examples of begot
I reflected that his was the calling which begot civilisation.
Well, this may we say: those who begot us need have no shame.
These qualities, and the time he had for thinking, begot Seed-corn.
It more often begot laughter, and his case was an instance of it.
What were they, after all, but dreams, “begot of nothing but vain fantasy?”
British Dictionary definitions for begot
a past tense and past participle of beget
verb -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten or -got (tr)
Derived Formsbegetter, noun
to cause or create
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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Word Origin and History for begot
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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