beget

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English begeten, biȝeten, from Old English beġietan (to get, find, acquire, attain, receive, take, seize, happen, beget), from Proto-Germanic *bigetaną (to find, seize), equivalent to be- +‎ get. Cognate with Old Saxon bigitan (to find, seize), Old High German bigezan (to gain, achieve, win, procure) (German begatten (to mate, copulate, beget)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /biˈɡɛt/, /bɪˈɡɛt/, /bəˈɡɛt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛt

Verb[edit]

beget (third-person singular simple present begets, present participle begetting, simple past begot or begat, past participle begotten)

  1. To cause; to produce.
  2. To father (rarely: to mother); to sire; to produce (a child).
  3. (UK dialectal) To happen to; befall.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version)[1], Genesis 5:3
    And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: []
  • 2012 February 1, Kathy Gilbert, “Pitching In”, Chatter Chattanooga, accessed on 2012-09-29:
    Rugby football was created in the early 1800s at England’s all-boys Rugby School. The sport begat American football, Gaelic football, Australian rules football and Association football (aka soccer).

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