a past participle of beget.

Nearby words

  1. begombed,
  2. begone,
  3. begonia,
  4. begorra,
  5. begot,
  6. begrime,
  7. begrudge,
  8. begrudgery,
  9. begrudgingly,
  10. beguile

Related formsself-be·got·ten, adjectivewell-be·got·ten, adjective



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

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a 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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