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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
1000
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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  • In this game, violence doesn't necessarily beget violence.
  • Literature reviews for new projects bring up questions that beget future work.
  • There are other ways in which less money can beget social payoff.
  • In short, lies beget lies, and the antic confusion is meant to beget laughs.
  • Chimney fires could beget larger blazes that would destroy blocks and blocks of wooden houses.
  • Proteins burned to a crisp beget mutagens, gene-damaging chemicals that have caused cancer in laboratory animals.
  • The point is, interventions beget more interventions.
  • In the performing arts idols beget idols beget idols.
  • Conversely, penalizing success tends to beget less of it.
  • But soft-shell crabs beget a challenge to chefs, who come up with all sorts of interesting and unusual ways to prepare them.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 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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