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.

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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 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 Aberdeen Mayor Patrick McGrady said fixing the longstanding issues of equity within the city can beget new development and opportunity for its citizens. James Whitlow,, 27 Aug. 2021 That could be seen as self-preservation, a response to a rise in shootings that in turn would beget more shootings, abetted by the loss of confidence in the police. ProPublica, 30 July 2021 In Haiti, a tropical island nation of eleven million people, one tragedy appears to beget another. Brianna Milord, The New Yorker, 20 Aug. 2021 Coolidge’s work here is special, and deserves to be remembered come awards season, and to beget more and even richer work. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 15 Aug. 2021 And, covering stunts serves only to beget more stunts. cleveland, 10 July 2021 Will gains beget more gains in the markets this week? - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 6 July 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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“Beget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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