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 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 for beget Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for begot

Historical Examples of begot

  • I reflected that his was the calling which begot civilisation.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

  • Well, this may we say: those who begot us need have no shame.


    H. Rider Haggard

  • 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.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart

  • What were they, after all, but dreams, “begot of nothing but vain fantasy?”

    She and I, Volume 2

    John Conroy Hutcheson

British Dictionary definitions for begot



a past tense and past participle 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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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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