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beget

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verb be·get \bi-ˈget, bē-\

Simple Definition of beget

  • : to cause (something) to happen or exist

  • : to become the father of (someone)

Full Definition of beget

be·gotplay \-ˈgät\ also be·gatplay \-ˈgat\be·got·tenplay \-ˈgä-tən\ or be·gotbe·get·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to procreate as the father :  sire

  3. 2 :  to produce especially as an effect or outgrowth

be·get·ter noun

Examples of beget

  1. He died without begetting an heir.

  2. <one change in the natural environment will beget others>



Origin of beget

Middle English begeten, alteration of beyeten, from Old English bigietan — more at get


First Known Use: 13th century



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