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 Ephemerality begets seriality begets disposability. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 Extended losing begets high draft picks, which beget talent. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Will This Be Cleveland’s Year?," 4 Sep. 2019 That, in turn, begat Mesa Petrolum, an oil and gas company in Amarillo that Pickens took public in 1964. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Legendary oil tycoon and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91," 11 Sep. 2019 As cultural figures, Chang and Eng were yet more prolific, begetting no end of scientific studies, metaphysical conundrums, Broadway burlesques, political cartoons, and scandalous exposés. Julian Lucas, The New York Review of Books, "The Great Assimilationists," 21 Feb. 2019 New York is a far greater challenge made worse by nearly two decades of organizational dysfunction begetting public disdain. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "Knicks Coaching Job Criteria: The Best Qualified for Losing," 12 Apr. 2018 Good Times’ and ‘Maude.’ ‘Happy Days’ begat ‘Laverne & Shirley’ and ‘Mork & Mindy.’ Done well, these shows expand the universe of beloved characters. Amber Dowling,, "Franchises like ‘Black-ish,’ ’911,' ‘Chicago P.D.’ building bigger TV universes," 12 Aug. 2019 Unchecked, the depression begot crippling panic attacks. Lauren Tanabe, Washington Post, "I was pregnant and depressed. Why wouldn’t anyone take me seriously?," 7 Aug. 2019 Research has also shown that happiness begets productivity, meaning there’s a correlation between relaxation, happiness and productivity. Sophia Gottfried, Time, "Niksen Is the Dutch Lifestyle Concept of Doing Nothing—And You're About to See It Everywhere," 12 July 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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The first known use of beget was in the 13th century

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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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