Definition of beget in English:


Syllabification: be·get
Pronunciation: /bəˈɡet

verb (begets, begetting; past begot /-ˈɡat/; 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 queen
More 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.
father, sire, have, bring into the world, give life to, bring into being, spawn
2Give rise to; bring about: success begets further success
More example sentences
  • Success begets success and you start to believe that you can climb the mountain.
  • And the cycle of violence begets more violence.
  • Acts of cruelty in this life beget suffering in the next.


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



More example sentences
  • 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.

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