Begets



(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 just as buying begets more buying, selling often begets more selling.
Japan’s Stock Market Suffers as Investors Worry About Success of Abenomics William O’Connor June 12, 2013

It also begets a plastic surgery chic, where people trade faces like they do cars.
My Day With Paris Tom Tapp November 3, 2008

Historical Examples

The simultaneous passage through great emotions welds souls, and begets the strongest of all forms of love.
The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford Mark Rutherford

This begets a very natural question; What is meant by a sceptic?
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding David Hume

Just as duty performed gives rise to virtue, so temptation, yielded to, begets vice.
Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde

These lies are like the father that begets them; gross as a mountain, open palpable.
The Universal Reciter Various

Protestantism is republican; puritanism is absolute self-government in religion, and begets it in politics.
Society, Manners and Politics in the United States Michael Chevalier

They make for him a fame which begets respect where his wrongs only excited pity.
Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence Various

Prosperity begets independence, and independence often begets assumption—very often, a selfish, wrong view of surrounding things.
A Life’s Secret Mrs. Henry Wood

They repeated it, and wrote down as a recipe, “Love begets life.”
What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen

verb (transitive) -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten, -got
to father
to cause or create
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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