(third-person singular simple present begets, present participle begetting, simple past begot or begat, past participle begotten)
- To cause; to produce.
- To father (rarely: to mother); to produce (a child).
- (UK dialectal) To happen to; befall.
From Middle English begeten, biȝeten, from Old English beġietan (“to get, find, acquire, attain, receive, take, seize, happen, beget”), from Proto-Germanic *bigetaną (“to find, seize”), equivalent to be- + get. Cognate with Old Saxon bigitan (“to find, seize”), Old High German bigezan (“to gain, achieve, win, procure”) (German begatten (“to mate, copulate, beget”)).