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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Definitions for beget

  1. (especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).
  2. to cause; produce as an effect: a belief that power begets power.

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Citations for beget
...all miserable events do naturally beget their like. Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, 1851
...it is not words that beget new things, it is feeling. D. H. Lawrence, Apocalypse and the Writings on Revelation, 1930
Origin of beget
1000
The term beget has been around in English since before 1000s. It is a cognate with the Old High German bigezzan.