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 Green New Deal advocates, foregrounding explicitly public investments, see policy as integral to politics, positing it as an organizing and coalition-building opportunity that can beget further gains. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Big Difference Between a Green New Deal and Biden’s Climate Agenda," 20 Apr. 2021 Reviews beget more reviews, only increasing your product’s influence. Yec, Forbes, "How Third-Party Sellers Are Changing The Product Quality Game On Amazon," 16 Apr. 2021 Yet without changes, unpredictable weather will continue to beget chaos, experts warn., "Blackout scare prompts more warnings that Texas power grid can’t be relied on," 15 Apr. 2021 At least the favorites should have an opportunity to beget some inky foals. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1430: Back in the saddle again," 1 Apr. 2021 As more data beget better analysis, which in turn attracts more usage, more data and more profits, these swollen data war chests fortify their platform networks and potentially stifle competition. CNN, "We need to create a global standard to protect and share data — before it's too late," 29 Mar. 2021 The third-place finish would beget the front office change from Dave Dombrowski to Chaim Bloom, which in turn begat this current chapter of cost-shedding and rebuilding., "This season, Red Sox manager Alex Cora has to make up not just for 2020, but for 2019 as well," 26 Mar. 2021 When greater awareness of tragedies like the Atlanta killings doesn't beget more accountability for everyday anti-Asian harassment, elder Asians may hesitate to speak up even while their children feel fed up. Susan Du, Star Tribune, "Activism on the rise in Minnesota's diverse Asian American communities," 24 Mar. 2021 The book beget the movie starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, and still more conversation about the most traumatic moments in her life. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Even If You Know Tina Turner’s Story, You Should Watch Tina," 24 Mar. 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 18 May. 2021.

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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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