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  1. a past participle of beget.
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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.
  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

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Related Words for begotten

engender, sire, procreate, get, afford, breed, father, effect, reproduce, bring, produce, propagate, multiply, occasion, cause, generate

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Historical Examples of begotten

  • Had they not begotten as many beings as the tree had begotten branches?


    Emile Zola

  • Are they not all the works of his wisdom, born and begotten of him?

  • There were thistles in everybody's crop, and after all it was a good thing to have begotten a girl.

  • Indeed, it is largely of their disputes that the mystery is begotten.

  • There for an hour or so in such agony of mind as is begotten only of suspense.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for begotten


  1. a past participle of beget
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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 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 begotten


late 14c., past participle adjective from beget.

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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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