beget

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verb be·get \bi-ˈget, bē-\

Definition of beget

begot

play \-ˈgät\ also

begat

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begotten

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begot

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begetting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to procreate as the father :  sire He died without begetting an heir.

  3. 2 :  to produce especially as an effect or outgrowth Violence only begets more violence.

begetter

noun

Examples of beget in a Sentence

  1. He died without begetting an heir.

  2. one change in the natural environment will beget others

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Origin and Etymology of beget

Middle English begeten, beyeten, going back to Old English begietan “to get, beget,” from be- be- + gietan “to 1get


BEGET Defined for English Language Learners

beget

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verb

Definition of beget for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something) to happen or exist

  • : to become the father of (someone)



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