Definition of beget in US English:



[with object]literary
  • 1(typically of a man, sometimes of a man and a woman) bring (a child) into existence by the process of reproduction.

    ‘they hoped that the King might beget an heir by his new queen’
    • ‘All children are from the same mother, as our stepmother did not beget any children by my father.’
    • ‘Any child begotten by Ian or myself would certainly never be recognized… even though I don't think I could have turned away a child of my blood.’
    • ‘A man marries in order to establish a household and beget children.’
    • ‘They begot seven children.’
    • ‘Apart from other things, she too begets children by someone other than her husband.’
    father, sire, engender, generate, spawn, create, give life to, bring into being, bring into the world, have
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  • 2Give rise to; bring about.

    ‘success begets further success’
    • ‘Success begets success and you start to believe that you can climb the mountain.’
    • ‘Violence begets more violence, which begets even more violence.’
    • ‘And the cycle of violence begets more violence.’
    • ‘Acts of cruelty in this life beget suffering in the next.’
    • ‘Every action should produce results: good action produces good results and evil begets nothing but evil.’
    • ‘Words shape thought, stir feeling, and beget action; they kill and revive, corrupt and cure.’
    • ‘It is a real and sad reminder that violence begets violence and that rarely does violence breed peace.’
    • ‘He said violence begets violence and evil generates greater evil.’
    • ‘Such collaborative relationships will soon beget new inspirations.’
    • ‘It has been a case of policy errors begetting more dangerous mistakes.’
    cause, give rise to, lead to, result in, bring about, create, produce, generate, engender, spawn, occasion, effect, bring to pass, bring on, precipitate, prompt, provoke, kindle, trigger, spark off, touch off, stir up, whip up, induce, inspire, promote, foster
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Old English begietan ‘get, obtain by effort’ (see be-, get).