Beget Definition

begat, begets, begetting, begot, begotten
begat, begets, begetting, begot, begotten
To produce (offspring) by sexual reproduction. Used especially of a man.
American Heritage
To be the father or sire of; procreate.
Webster's New World
To cause to exist or occur; produce.
Violence begets more violence.
American Heritage
To bring into being; produce.
Tyranny begets rebellion.
Webster's New World

To cause; to produce.


Origin of Beget

  • 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”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English biyeten, bigeten from Old English begetan ghend- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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