(especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).
to cause; produce as an effect:
a belief that power begets power.
An interest in fashion also seems to beget an assumption of selfishness and mean-spiritedness.
Michelle Obama and Ann Romney: First Ladies of Style Robin Givhan October 23, 2012
A society which is willing to accept increasing levels of violence is a society that will beget more of it.
From the Levant to Ferguson to Baltimore, The Most Violent Summer in Years Gene Robinson September 13, 2014
The Oscars also like down-and-out characters and misunderstood geniuses, both of which tend to beget low-talkers.
Mumbling Wins Oscars! Zachary Pincus-Roth March 2, 2010
While some may say that our exploding obesity epidemic is a hyperbole, fat does beget fat.
Will Your Baby Be Obese? Joyce C. Tang September 11, 2010
Men belonging to all orders (promiscuously) beget offspring upon women of all the orders.
The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
For invention and improvement are prolific, and beget more of their kind.
The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
As they failed to beget compliance, they were instantly followed by a blow from the blade of his sabre.
The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
He will tell you that he has always known that some day he must wed and do his best to beget a son.
Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
Only the consciousness that the struggle is in behalf of the most sacred of causes can beget prodigies of heroism.
The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer Eugne Sue
For there is not anything more effectual to beget true magnanimity.
Meditations Marcus Aurelius
verb (transitive) -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten, -got
to cause or create
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.
a person or thing that begins. a person who has begun a course of instruction or is learning the fundamentals: swimming for beginners. a person who is inexperienced; novice. Contemporary Examples When she started practicing, we had her on a 15- or 20-pound bow, which is pretty heavy for a beginner. ‘Catching Fire’: How Jennifer […]
- Beginner’s luck
the initial good fortune or success commonly supposed to come to a person who has recently taken up a new pursuit, as a sport or game: Catching a large trout the first time you go fishing is simply beginner’s luck. Good fortune in a first attempt or effort, as in I often use a brand-new […]
an act or circumstance of entering upon an action or state: the beginning of hostilities. the point of time or space at which anything begins: the beginning of the Christian era; the beginning of the route. the first part: the beginning of the book; the beginning of the month. Often, beginnings. the initial stage or […]
- Beginning rhyme
the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words; alliteration, as in The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew.