Definition of beget verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡet//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡet//
    In sense 1 begat
    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡæt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡæt//
    is used for the past tense, and begotten
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɒtn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːtn//
    is used for the past participle.
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they beget
    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡet//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡet//
    he / she / it begets
    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡets//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡets//
    past simple begot
    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡɑːt//
    past participle begot
    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡɑːt//
    -ing form begetting
    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡetɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡetɪŋ//
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  1. 1(old use, for example in the Bible) beget somebody to become the father of a child Isaac begat Jacob.
  2. 2beget something (formal or old-fashioned) to make something happen Violence begets violence.
  3. Word OriginOld English begietan ‘get, obtain by effort’ (see be-, get).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beget