verb Archaic.
simple past tense of beget. Unabridged


plural noun Informal.
genealogical lists, especially those in the Old Testament.

noun plural use of begat


verb (used with object), begot or (Archaic) begat; begotten or begot; begetting.
(especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).
to cause; produce as an effect: a belief that power begets power.

before 1000; Middle English begeten (see be-, get); replacing Middle English biyeten, Old English begetan; cognate with Gothic bigitan, Old High German bigezzan

begetter, noun

1. spawn, sire, breed, father. 2. occasion, engender, effect, generate. Unabridged
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begat (bɪˈɡæt)
archaic a past tense of beget

beget (bɪˈɡɛt)
vb , -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten, -got
1.  to father
2.  to cause or create
[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 & History

O.E. begietan "to get by effort, find, acquire, attain, seize" (class V strong verb, p.t. begeat, pp. begeaton), from be- + get (q.v.). Sense of "to procreate" is from c.1200. Related to O.H.G. pigezzan, Goth. bigitan "to get, obtain."

archaic p.t. of beget.
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Example sentences
Frustration begat resentment which begat lack of focus which begat a floundering career.
Wealth begat wealth and influence spawned influence.
That's why the guardians fear the knowledge begat by questioning.
Several are military brats who married military brats and begat military brats.
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