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

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More recently, the Bruins’ Cup Final loss in 2013 begat a second-round exit to the Canadiens in 2014, then two years of playoff DNQs. Matt Porter,, "What will the next generation of Bruins bring?," 31 Aug. 2019 This was the 1952 version, a franchise that wound up in Baltimore as the Colts, not the AFL sequel that begat the Kansas City Chiefs., "From Akron to Alabama, NFL has taken show on the road," 27 July 2019 Faux historical tales beget more cartoonish historical tales. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, "How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction," 1 Aug. 2019 Subsequently, this recipe for success was transplanted to the western United States, begetting Sun Valley, Vail, Jackson Hole, as well as numerous other mountain towns around world, from Nepal to Peru, Pakistan to Patagonia. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "How the pursuit of one European peak gave rise to modern mountaineering," 1 Aug. 2019 These swirls then break into smaller swirls, with those swirls begetting ever-smaller whorls, an unpredictable cascade that dissipates the energy from the original smooth stream. Quanta Magazine, "The Trouble With Turbulence," 28 Jan. 2019 Lee followed Drollinger and company to Oasis, and her steps into further drag events begat invitations to other performances and parties. Tony Bravo,, "Late bloomer Linda Lee is San Francisco’s septuagenarian nightlife queen," 18 July 2019 Or at least as well as the college coaches who’d turned up over the decades to either pick his brain or curry favor: Yada begat yada, glad-handing, a few laughs, the usual Jedi mind tricks … followed by long, arid swaths of bupkis. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Why Mel Tucker’s football recruiting at CU feels “entirely different” for in-state coaches," 30 June 2019 So continued a comically controversial postseason, between the phantom five-minute major that begat the Bedlam by the Bay in San Jose, and the ignored hand pass that also went the Sharks’ way last round against St. Louis. Alex Prewitt,, "Jordan Binnington’s Stellar Performance for Blues Lost in Controversy of Game 5," 7 June 2019

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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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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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