be·​get | \bi-ˈget, bē-\
begot\ bi-​ˈgät , bē-​ \ also begat\ bi-​ˈgat , bē-​ \; begotten\ bi-​ˈgä-​tᵊn , 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.

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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

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Moreover, the next generation of rats emulated their own mothers’ behavior: High-licking moms begat high-licking children. Judith Newman, New York Times, "Adversity Needn’t Thwart or Define You. Here’s How to Cope.," 6 July 2018 Even if 2 Tone’s songs about intolerance begetting violence are sadly more relevant than ever, Wakeling would like to think of himself as an optimist. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "The English Beat Talk First New Album In 36 Years & Feeling Like 'Ska-stradamus'," 23 May 2018 When the era of the smartphone hit, Tencent proved adept at competing against itself: A contest among several internal teams begat WeChat—and the group responsible for QQ did not win. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 Big moves begat title-hungry Suns Tom Chambers will admit it. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns – and fans – reach silver anniversary of love affair with 1993 Western Conference champions," 16 June 2018 And that question begets a bunch more, reminding us just how bizarre this mess is. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "7 reasons the Kawhi Leonard mess is the most bizarre NBA situation," 6 July 2018 Success also begets more opportunity in the restaurant world. Justin Phillips,, "For Dominique Crenn, critical success leads to culinary freedom," 29 June 2018 More recently, the Trump administration is begetting a surge of new usages. Roy Greene,, "Lexicon: What’s behind a ‘grand bargain’?," 27 June 2018 Success in show business has begotten success in the hospitality business. Joanne Kaufman, New York Times, "Chazz Palminteri’s Bedford Tale," 3 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of beget was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of beget

: to cause (something) to happen or exist

: to become the father of (someone)

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