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(especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).
to cause; produce as an effect:
a belief that power begets power.
Contemporary Examples

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

Historical Examples

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 father
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.


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