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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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  • Let's further broaden the dialogue to discuss how violence begets violence.
  • The effect is that volatility begets volatility, rather as a stone thrown in a pond sends out ripples.
  • Violence begets violence, even in this neighborhood.
  • And anyone in government will tell you that information, when wielded with finesse, begets power.
  • It functions through ignorance, which begets stereotypes without fact.
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  • Or that violence begets violence and endless wars will never make us secure.
  • Freedom begets more freedom, and cable may have a tiger by the tail.
  • But finding evidence that one begets the other has often proved.
  • Stability begets confidence-or, its equivalent, liquidity.
British Dictionary definitions for begets

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 begets

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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