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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forthverb

    make children

    "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"


  1. begetverb

    To cause; to produce.

  2. begetverb

    To procreate; to father (rarely: to mother); to get with child.

  3. begetverb

    To happen to; befall.

  4. Etymology: From begeten, from begietan, from bigetanan, equivalent to. Cognate with bigitan, bigezan (begatten).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Begetverb

    I begot, or begat; I have begotten, or begot.

    Etymology: begettan , Saxon; to obtain.

    But first come the hours, which were begot
    In Jove’s sweet paradise, of day and night,
    Which do the seasons of the year allot. Edmund Spenser, Epithal.

    I talk of dreams,
    Which are the children of an idle brain,
    Begot of nothing but vain phantasy. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Jul.

    Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate. Isaiah, xlix. 21.

    ’Twas he the noble Claudian race begat. John Dryden, Æneid.

    Love is begot by fancy, bred
    By ignorance, by expectation fed. George Granville.

    If to have done the thing you gave in charge,
    Beget you happiness, be happy then;
    For it is done. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    My whole intention was to beget, in the minds of men, magnificent sentiments of God and his works. George Cheyne, Phil. Prin.

    Is it a time for story, when each minute
    Begets a thousand dangers? John Denham, Sophy.

    Begot upon
    His mother Martha by his father John. Spectator.


  1. Beget

    To beget means in English 'to sire (a child)', 'to cause or produce'.


  1. beget

    Beget means to give birth to or produce, typically in the context of children or offspring. It can also refer to causing or bringing about a specific outcome or result. It originates from Old English and is often used in historical or religious texts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Begetverb

    to procreate, as a father or sire; to generate; -- commonly said of the father

  2. Begetverb

    to get (with child.)

  3. Begetverb

    to produce as an effect; to cause to exist

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beget

    be-get′, v.t. to produce or cause: to generate: to produce as an effect, to cause:—pr.p. beget′ting; pa.t. begat′, begot′; pa.p. begot′, begot′ten.—n. Beget′ter, one who begets: a father: the agent that occasions or originates anything. [A.S. begitan, to acquire. See Get.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beget in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beget in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of beget in a Sentence

  1. Aaron Klein:

    Bailouts beget bailouts, it’s difficult, once you start down the path of bailing people out, to switch course.

  2. Riverside County:

    Terrorism should not beget terrorism and that's what this would be if in fact there was someone who threw a device in this mosque with the intention of destroying the mosque or hurting the people inside who were praying.

  3. Bertrand de Jouvenal:

    A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.

  4. Siddharth Astir:

    Talent is like a stream....when pertinently channelised it can beget the unimaginable , however when unguided ,it can lead to a catastrophe

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  • предизвиквам, зачевам, пораждамBulgarian
  • concebre, engendrarCatalan, Valencian
  • vyvolat, plodit, počít, zapříčinitCzech
  • avle, skabe, affødeDanish
  • erzeugen, fortpflanzen, zeugenGerman
  • γεννώGreek
  • concebir, engendrarSpanish
  • engendrer, procréerFrench
  • xerarGalician
  • उत्पन्न करनाHindi
  • okoz, nemz, keltHungarian
  • generareItalian
  • 生む, 来たすJapanese
  • დასაბამს აძლევს, შობა, წარმოშობა, წარმოქმნაGeorgian
  • 낳다Korean
  • ai, ahiMāori
  • veroorzaken, voortbrengenDutch
  • spowodowaćPolish
  • gerar, engendrar, [[ter]] [[filho]]Portuguese
  • [[производить]] [[на]] [[свет]], [[произвести]] [[на]] [[свет]], произвести, производить, порождать, родить, [[произвести]] [[потомство]], рождать, [[производить]] [[потомство]], рожать, породитьRussian
  • avlaSwedish
  • ప్రసవించుTelugu
  • 產生Chinese

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