beget

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verb be·get \bi-ˈget, bē-\

Definition of beget

begot

play \-ˈgät\ also

begat

play \-ˈgat\;

begotten

play \-ˈgä-tən\ or

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>

Origin and Etymology of beget

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


First Known Use: 13th century


BEGET Defined for English Language Learners

beget

play
verb be·get \bi-ˈget, bē-\

Definition of beget for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something) to happen or exist

  • : to become the father of (someone)



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