verb (begets, begetting; past begot /-ˈgat/; past participle begotten)[with object] • literary
- 1(Typically of a man, sometimes of a man and a woman) bring (a child) into existence by the process of reproduction: they hoped that the King might beget an heir by his new queenMore example sentences
- All children are from the same mother, as our stepmother did not beget any children by my father.
- Apart from other things, she too begets children by someone other than her husband.
- A man marries in order to establish a household and beget children.
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- But he was the real begetter of the Human Rights Act, and above all a defender of the judges.
- New Lanark, the most famous early mill village, was created and run by its begetter, Robert Owen, with a blend of benevolence and authoritarianism.
- Such conviction is the begetter of culture and history.