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Definition of beget verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    In sense 1 begat/bɪɡæt/ is used for the past tense, and begotten/bɪɡɒtn/ is used for the past participle.Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they beget
    he / she / it begets
    past simple begot
    -ing form begetting
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  1. 1beget something (formal or old-fashioned) to make something happen Violence begets violence.
  2. 2(old use, for example in the Bible) beget somebody to become the father of a child Isaac begat Jacob.
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