beget

verb be·get \ bi-ˈget , bē- \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of beget

begot play \-ˈgät\ also begat play \-ˈgat\; begotten play \-ˈgä-tᵊn\ or begot; begetting
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.

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

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Origin and Etymology of beget

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


BEGET Defined for English Language Learners

beget

verb

Definition of beget for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something) to happen or exist

  • : to become the father of (someone)



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