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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.
Historical Examples

Such were the deeds of the begetter and giver of being, Tepeuh, Gucumatz.
The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2 Hubert Howe Bancroft

begetter of intelligence reached by intuition, not reason, iii.
Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4 Plotinos (Plotinus)

In a text belonging to a still earlier age, the deity is mentioned as the begetter of a king whose name is read Lugal-zaggisi.
The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria Morris Jastrow

It was a great and fruitful idea—and the Prince was its only begetter.
Mr. Punch’s History of Modern England, Vol. I (of 4).–1841-1857 Charles L. Graves

To assign such significance to the word ‘begetter’ was entirely in Thorpe’s vein.
Browning’s England Helen Archibald Clarke

They loved; and Love is the parent of endurance, the begetter of courage.
Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Complete Gilbert Parker

As is the begetter, so are they also that are begotten of him.
Notes on the Book of Genesis Charles Henry Mackintosh

She is valued first as a begetter of offspring, second as a domestic.
Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic Sidney L. Gulick

This story is the only begetter of the large army of pathetic figures of failure that crowd the pages of Russian literature.
An Outline of Russian Literature Maurice Baring

Who was the “only begetter” of these passionate offerings of the poet’s love?
The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864 Various

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

mid-15c., agent noun from beget.

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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