beget[bē get′, bi-]
- To beget is defined as to create children or to cause something to happen.
- An example of beget is when a woman conceives and gives birth to a baby.
- An example of beget is when violence causes more violence.
transitive verbbe·got , be·got·ten or be·got, be·get·ting, be·gets
- To produce (offspring) by sexual reproduction. Used especially of a man.
- To cause to exist or occur; produce: Violence begets more violence.
Origin of begetMiddle English biyeten, bigeten, from Old English begetan; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present begets, present participle begetting, simple past begot or begat, past participle begotten)
- begettal, unbegot, unbegotten
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”)).