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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In a way reminiscent of the tight synergy between mathematics and physics, science questions beget new technology and new technology begets new science. Hilton Lewis, Scientific American, "How Andrea Ghez Won the Nobel for an Experiment Nobody Thought Would Work," 8 Oct. 2020 Police have warned that property crimes such as car theft can beget violence. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer,, "12-year-old boy sitting in stolen car shot by friend of vehicle owner's daughter, NOPD says," 20 Sep. 2020 Attempts to bully one side or the other into compliance will beget greater resentment and hostility. Thomas Bruscino, National Review, "Faustian Fear: COVID-19 and Suffering in America," 7 Sep. 2020 Desperation can beget more desperation rather than pragmatism. Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "Trump, Kushner just produced a Mideast peace breakthrough," 2 Sep. 2020 In New Orleans, killings often beget more killings, hence the precautions taken over Kirton’s repast. Ramon Antonio Vargas,, "Kim Boutte was in 'wrong place at the wrong time' when killed outside funeral repast, friends say," 12 Aug. 2020 For now, most media outlets are unwilling to make a change if no one else is, creating an inertia loop whereby inaction begets inaction. James Griffiths, CNN, "Japan asked the international media to change how we write their names. No one listened," 23 Mar. 2020 Both have become franchises. Nailed It! begat Nailed It! Judy Berman, Time, "From Love Is Blind to The Circle, Netflix Is Getting Terrifyingly Good at Reality TV," 12 Feb. 2020 Each regression seemed to beget progress in their development soon after. Jessica Wapner, New York Times, "Are Sleep Regressions Real?," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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13 Oct 2020

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“Beget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beget

formal : to cause (something) to happen or exist
old-fashioned + literary : to become the father of (someone)

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