Begat



simple past tense of beget.
genealogical lists, especially those in the Old Testament.
(especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).
to cause; produce as an effect:
a belief that power begets power.
Contemporary Examples

And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
The Story of Noah’s Ark From the Bible’s Book of Genesis The Daily Beast March 23, 2014

Historical Examples

And Sem the father of all ye childrẽ of Eber and the eldest brother of Iapheth/ begat children also.
The First Boke of Moses called Genesis William Tyndale

Why betray them when they were doomed to be stifled in the breast that begat them?
The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini

It had been better for such Parents, had they not begat them, and better for such Children had they not been born.
The Life and Death of Mr Badman John Bunyan

But I am utterly wretched, for I begat the best of sons in Troy, and none of them is left.
The Legacy of Greece Various

Not that grunting and omnivorous swine who took the cowl, begat you!
Under the Witches’ Moon Nathan Gallizier

This, I trow, was done by those evil spirits that begat them, for the injury of the Goths.
Bulgaria Frank Fox

By their sin of eating they fell from immortality to mortality, and they begat an offspring like unto themselves.
Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II Martin Luther

Sailors married queens and begat princesses and all the rest of it.
The House of Pride Jack London

But how old Adam was when he begat these sons does not appear.
The City of God, Volume II Aurelius Augustine

verb
(archaic) a past tense of beget
verb (transitive) -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten, -got
to father
to cause or create
v.

archaic past tense of 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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