Share this entry
beget Line breaks: beget
Pronunciation: /bɪˈɡɛt/

Definition of beget in English:

verb (begets, begetting; past begot /bɪˈɡɒt/ or archaic begat; past participle begotten /bɪˈɡɒt(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
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, engender, generate, spawn, create, give life to, bring into being, bring into the world, have;
procreate, reproduce, breed
2Cause; bring about: killings beget more killings
More example sentences
  • Words shape thought, stir feeling, and beget action; they kill and revive, corrupt and cure.
  • Every action should produce results: good action produces good results and evil begets nothing but evil.
  • Such collaborative relationships will soon beget new inspirations.


Pronunciation: /bɪˈɡɛtə/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with beget

abet, aiguillette, anisette, Annette, Antoinette, arête, Arlette, ate, baguette, banquette, barbette, barrette, basinet, bassinet, Bernadette, beset, bet, Bette, blanquette, Brett, briquette, brochette, brunette (US brunet), Burnett, cadet, caravanette, cassette, castanet, charette, cigarette (US cigaret), clarinet, Claudette, Colette, coquette, corvette, couchette, courgette, croquette, curette, curvet, Debrett, debt, dinette, diskette, duet, epaulette (US epaulet), flageolet, flannelette, forget, fret, galette, gazette, Georgette, get, godet, grisette, heavyset, Jeanette, jet, kitchenette, La Fayette, landaulet, launderette, layette, lazaret, leatherette, let, Lett, lorgnette, luncheonette, lunette, Lynette, maisonette, majorette, maquette, Marie-Antoinette, marionette, Marquette, marquisette, martinet, met, minaret, minuet, moquette, motet, musette, Nanette, net, noisette, nonet, novelette, nymphet, octet, Odette, on-set, oubliette, Paulette, pet, Phuket, picquet, pillaret, pincette, pipette, piquet, pirouette, planchette, pochette, quartet, quickset, quintet, regret, ret, Rhett, roomette, rosette, roulette, satinette, septet, serviette, sestet, set, sett, sextet, silhouette, soubrette, spinet, spinneret, statuette, stet, stockinet, sublet, suffragette, Suzette, sweat, thickset, threat, Tibet, toilette, tret, underlet, upset, usherette, vedette, vet, vignette, vinaigrette, wagonette, wet, whet, winceyette, yet, Yvette
Definition of beget in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Related Words