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[bih-got] /bɪˈgɒt/
simple past tense and a past participle of beget.


[bih-get] /bɪˈgɛt/
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.
Origin of beget
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
1. spawn, sire, breed, father. 2. occasion, engender, effect, generate. Unabridged
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  • It was difficult to say whether his words or, so to say, their fine fabric of voice, begot the silence that followed.

    Romance Island Zona Gale
  • I reflected that his was the calling which begot civilisation.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • The first chill light saw the gospel-house holding its dead to its breast—the venerable sire that begot it.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • What were they, after all, but dreams, “begot of nothing but vain fantasy?”

    She and I, Volume 2 John Conroy Hutcheson
  • He had as writers doo of him record, one and twentie wiues, on whom he begot 20.

  • They seem to have no acquaintance with one another, beyond that begot out of the game.

  • An emotion of deep despair was bred in me, and then this, in its turn, begot a wild fit of fury.

  • Nabopolassar, the father who begot me, had begun to build a palace of bricks.

  • Nothing proves, my son, that you have not been begot by a Sylph.

    The Queen Pedauque Anatole France
  • From the fame and memory of him that begot me, shamefacedness, and manlike behaviour.

    No Cross, No Crown William Penn
British Dictionary definitions for begot


a past tense and past participle of beget


verb (transitive) -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten, -got
to father
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 begot



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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