beget

[bih-get]
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

begetter, noun


1. spawn, sire, breed, father. 2. occasion, engender, effect, generate.
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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]
 
be'getter
 
n

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beget
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."
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Example sentences
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.
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