Verb beget Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


beget (third-person singular simple present begets, present participle begetting, simple past begot or begat, past participle begotten)

  1. To cause; to produce.
  2. To father; to sire; to produce (a child).
  3. (Britain dialectal) To happen to; befall.

More definition:

1.(especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring). cause; produce as an effect, a belief that power begets power.

1. to father

2. to cause or create Derived Formsbegetter, noun Word OriginOld English begietan; related to Old Saxon bigetan, Old High German pigezzan, Gothic bigitan to find; see be-, getCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
Old English begietan "to get by effort, find, acquire, attain, seize" (class V strong verb, past tense begeat, past participle begeaton), from be- + get (v.). Sense of "to procreate" is from c.1200. Related to Old High German pigezzan, Gothic bigitan "to get, obtain." Related, Begot; begotten.


It is his sacred duty and his private interest to beget children and to train them to take his place.

Some observers lay the blame at th door of Buddhism, a creed which promotes pessimism by beget ting the anchorite, the ascetic and the shuddering believer ii seven hells.

An incident occurred in June 1906 which illustrated the danger which might arise if anything happened to beget the idea that the protecting power had weakened its hold.

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