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begat

[bih-gat] /bɪˈgæt/
verb, Archaic.
1.
simple past tense of beget.

begats

[bih-gats] /bɪˈgæts/
plural noun, Informal.
1.
genealogical lists, especially those in the Old Testament.
Origin
noun plural use of begat

beget

[bih-get] /bɪˈgɛt/
verb (used with object), begot or (Archaic) begat; begotten or begot; begetting.
1.
(especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).
2.
to cause; produce as an effect:
a belief that power begets power.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English begeten (see be-, get); replacing Middle English biyeten, Old English begetan; cognate with Gothic bigitan, Old High German bigezzan
Related forms
begetter, noun
Synonyms
1. spawn, sire, breed, father. 2. occasion, engender, effect, generate.
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  • Frustration begat resentment which begat lack of focus which begat a floundering career.
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  • Each of those companies has waxed and waned, yet all helped build technology that begat other technologies.
  • Wealth begat wealth and influence spawned influence.
  • The country's postwar economic miracle begat a complacency that inhibited fundamental change.
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  • Birds with big beaks tended to have chicks with big beaks, and small beaks begat small beaks.
  • That's why the guardians fear the knowledge begat by questioning.
  • Several are military brats who married military brats and begat military brats.
  • Backwoods immediately begat backwoodsman and was itself turned into a common adjective.
British Dictionary definitions for begat

begat

/bɪˈɡæt/
verb
1.
(archaic) a past tense of beget

beget

/bɪˈɡɛt/
verb (transitive) -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten, -got
1.
to father
2.
to cause or create
Derived Forms
begetter, noun
Word Origin
Old English begietan; related to Old Saxon bigetan, Old High German pigezzan, Gothic bigitan to find; see be-, get
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Word Origin and History for begat
v.

archaic past tense of beget.

beget

v.

Old English begietan "to get by effort, find, acquire, attain, seize" (class V strong verb, past tense begeat, past participle begeaton), from be- + get (v.). Sense of "to procreate" is from c.1200. Related to Old High German pigezzan, Gothic bigitan "to get, obtain." Related: Begot; begotten.

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