Definition of beget in English:


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Pronunciation: /bɪˈgɛt

verb (begets, begetting; past begot /bɪˈgɒt/ or • archaic begat; past participle begotten /bɪˈgɒt(ə)n/)

[with object] literary
  • 1(Especially of a man) bring (a child) into existence by the process of reproduction: they hoped that the King might beget an heir by his new queen
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    • 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.
    father, sire, engender, generate, spawn, create, give life to, bring into being, bring into the world, have; procreate, reproduce, breed



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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.


Old English begietan 'get, obtain by effort' (see be-, get).

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