be·​get | \ bi-ˈget How to pronounce beget (audio) , bē- \
begot\ bi-​ˈgät How to pronounce beget (audio) , bē-​ \ also begat\ bi-​ˈgat How to pronounce beget (audio) , bē-​ \; begotten\ bi-​ˈgä-​tᵊn How to pronounce beget (audio) , bē-​ \ or begot; begetting

Definition of beget

transitive verb

1 : to procreate as the father : sire He died without begetting an heir.
2 : to produce especially as an effect or outgrowth Violence only begets more violence.

Other Words from beget

begetter noun

Examples of beget in a Sentence

He died without begetting an heir. one change in the natural environment will beget others
Recent Examples on the Web Darryl Stingley had always told him not to fear injury, despite what had happened to him, because fear can beget injury. Chase Goodbread, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Academics have argued that the rise in longform television content has led to a greater search for psychologically rich characters, and arguably society now has a better understanding of the ways in which trauma can beget trauma. Amelia Tait, Wired, 27 Nov. 2021 Extrinsic motivators can be the rewards meeting your goals might beget, such as pleasing people, prize money or a trophy. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 20 July 2021 Stress and agitation tend to beget stress and agitation, though, which only makes the situation feel so much worse. Kristin Wongfreelance Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 And more industry consolidation will likely beget more bundling options from the major streamers. Scott Nover, Quartz, 21 Mar. 2022 These Bengals remind us that losing does not always beget losing, that Charlie Brown can kick that football. The Enquirer, 12 Feb. 2022 But success doesn’t necessarily beget more success. Britt Julious,, 4 Feb. 2022 In a pearl, the thickness of the nacreous layers depends somewhat on the thickness of the layers preceding it; thick layers will sometimes beget compensatory thin layers around them, and the correlation is strongest between layers that are close by. Leila Sloman, Popular Mechanics, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of beget

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beget

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

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29 Apr 2022

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“Beget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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