beget

  • 1 Beget — Be*get , v. t. [imp. {Begot}, (Archaic) {Begat}; p. p. {Begot}, {Begotten}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Begetting}.] [OE. bigiten, bigeten, to get, beget, AS. begitan to get; pref. be + gitan. See {Get}, v. t. ] 1. To procreate, as a father or sire; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 beget — [bē get′, biget′] vt. begot or Archaic begat [bēgat′, bigat′] begotten or begot, begetting [ME begeten, to obtain, beget < OE begietan, to acquire: see BE & GET] 1. to be the father or sire of; procreate 2. to bring into being; produce …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 beget — index create, elicit, engender, generate, make, originate, produce (manufacture), propagate ( …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 beget — (v.) O.E. begietan to get by effort, find, acquire, attain, seize (class V strong verb, p.t. begeat, pp. begeaton), from BE (Cf. be ) + GET (Cf. get) (q.v.). Sense of to procreate is from c.1200. Related to O.H.G. pigezzan, Goth. bigitan to get,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 beget — get, *generate, sire, procreate, engender, breed, propagate, reproduce Analogous words: *bear, produce, yield …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 beget — [v] create, bear afford, breed, bring, bring about, cause, effect, engender, father, generate, get, give rise to, multiply, occasion, procreate, produce, progenerate, propagate, reproduce, result in, sire; concepts 173,251,374 …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 beget — ► VERB (begetting; past begot; past part. begotten) archaic or literary 1) produce (a child). 2) cause. DERIVATIVES begetter noun. ORIGIN Old English, «get, obtain by effort» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 beget — [[t]bɪge̱t[/t]] begets, begetting, begot, begotten 1) VERB To beget something means to cause it to happen or be created. [FORMAL] [V n] Poverty begets debt... [V n] Economic tensions beget political ones. 2) VERB When a man begets a child …

    English dictionary

  • 9 beget — UK [bɪˈɡet] / US verb [transitive] Word forms beget : present tense I/you/we/they beget he/she/it begets present participle begetting past tense begot UK [bɪˈɡɒt] / US [bɪˈɡɑt] or begat UK [bɪˈɡæt] / US past participle begot UK [bɪˈɡɒt] / US… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 beget — verb Beget is used with these nouns as the object: ↑heir …

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  • 11 beget — v.tr. (begetting; past begot; archaic begat; past part. begotten) literary 1 (usu. of a father, sometimes of a father and mother) procreate. 2 give rise to; cause (beget strife). Derivatives: begetter n. Etymology: OE begietan, formed as BE + GET …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 12 beget — transitive verb (begot; also begat; begotten or got; getting) Etymology: Middle English begeten, alteration of beyeten, from Old English bigietan more at get Date: 13th century 1. to procreate as the father …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 beget — begetter, n. /bi get /, v.t., begot or (Archaic) begat; begotten or begot; begetting. 1. (esp. of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring). 2. to cause; produce as an effect: a belief that power begets power. [ …

    Universalium

  • 14 beget — verb /biˈɡɛt,bɪˈɡɛt,bəˈɡɛt/ a) To cause; to produce. b) To procreate; to father (rarely: to mother); to get with child …

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  • 15 beget — Synonyms and related words: author, be fruitful, be productive, bear, birth, breed, breed true, bring about, bring forth, bring into being, bring to birth, bring to effect, bring to pass, call into being, cause, coin, conceive, concoct, contrive …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 beget — see begeat, past 3rd sing of begietan …

    Old to modern English dictionary

  • 17 beget — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. engender, procreate, generate. See reproduction. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. father, Sire, generate; see propagate 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. bear, father, create, generate, engender,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 beget — be|get [bıˈget] v past tense begot [ ˈgɔt US ˈga:t] past participle begotten [ ˈgɔtn US ˈga:tn] present participle begetting [T] [: Old English; Origin: begietan] 1.) old use to become the father of a child 2.) to cause something or make it… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 beget — be|get [ bı get ] (past tense be|got [ bı gat ] or be|gat [ bı gæt ] ; past participle be|got [ bı gat ] or be|got|ten [ bı gatn ] ) verb transitive 1. ) FORMAL to cause something to happen or be created 2. ) an old word meaning to become the… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 beget — v. a. == obtain. O. and N. 726. RG. 516 == procreate. RG. 516. part. ‘byȝyte.’ RG. 388 …

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