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From Middle English begeten, biȝeten, from Old English beġietan (to get, find, acquire, attain, receive, take, seize, happen, beget), [influenced by Old Norse geta ("to get, to guess")] from Proto-Germanic *bigetaną (to find, seize), equivalent to be- +‎ get. Cognate with Old Saxon bigetan (to find, seize), Old High German bigezan (to gain, achieve, win, procure).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /biˈɡɛt/, /bɪˈɡɛt/, /bəˈɡɛt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛt


beget (third-person singular simple present begets, present participle begetting, simple past begot or begat, past participle begotten)

  1. To father; to sire; to produce (a child).
  2. To cause; to produce.
  3. (Britain dialectal) To happen to; befall.
  4. To bring forth.


  • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981:
    , Genesis 5:3
    And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: []
  • 2012 February 1, Kathy Gilbert, “Pitching In”, in Chatter Chattanooga[1], retrieved 2012-09-29:
    Rugby football was created in the early 1800s at England’s all-boys Rugby School. The sport begat American football, Gaelic football, Australian rules football and Association football (aka soccer).

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