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 Smartphones beget earbuds, cloud backups, and music service subscriptions. Paul Ford, Wired, 11 Jan. 2022 Probably a lot of friendships and relationships were either bonded by this struggle or completely ripped apart by the bickering that intolerable situations beget. Jhoni Jackson, Rolling Stone, 11 Dec. 2021 As an injury and illness-marred 2020-21 campaign beget an erratic start to the new one, White had to learn to believe in his body again. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Nov. 2021 Carbon emissions beget snowmelt by way of milder winters. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2021 Of course, quantity does not beget quality, which made narrowing down the 10 best of 2021 a tricky proposition. Seija Rankin,, 14 Dec. 2021 For Assayas, this has beget woozy thrillers like Demonlover and Boarding Gate that are right on the edge of sci-fi, while Hansen-Løve has tended to focus more on the longing that can accompany this imperfect freedom. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 15 Oct. 2021 The moths that beget the caterpillar arrive every year in the southern portions of the Gulf Coast states and attempt to feed on grass and various crops. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2021 Confidence in their actions, though, may beget more action. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 2 Sep. 2021

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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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23 Jan 2022

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“Beget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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