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  1. simple past tense of beget
    • , 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:
    • , Matthew 1:2
      Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren
    • 2012 February 1, Kathy Gilbert, “Pitching In”, in Chatter Chattanooga[1], retrieved 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).


begat (plural begats)

  1. (nonstandard) An element of a lineage, especially of a lineage given in the Bible
    • 2000, Earl F. Lehman, The God Bu$ine$$, page 59:
      To put food on the table, Ruth gleaned in the fields and one of the fields belonged to Boaz who noticed her and admired her. They married and Ruth bore a son, Obed. There ensues a begat-ridden genealogy and....
    • 2002, P. J. O'Rourke, The CEO of the Sofa, page 146:
      There's a bunch of begats in First Chronicles, chapter six, and it's way dull, especially if you consider what a begat involves.
    • 2002, Geoffrey H. Hartman; Dr. Geoffrey Hartman, The longest shadow: in the aftermath of the Holocaust, page 108:
      In many instances even that cannot be done," and John Edgar Wideman prefaces Damballah with "A Begat Chart" and a "Family Tree."

Usage notes[edit]

  • This is uncommon in the singular.