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beget

Definition:

to make children

Class:

body verb (grooming, dressing, and bodily care)

Related to:

begetter

Past tenses:

begat | begot

Past participles:

begot | begotten

Present participle:

begetting

3rd-person singular present:

begets

Type of:

make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

Abraham begot Isaac

Etymology:

Middle English begeten, biȝeten, from Old English beġietan ("to get, find,...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Human reproduction

any form of sexual reproduction resulting in the conception of a child, typically involving sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. During intercourse, the interaction between the male and female reproductive systems results in fertilization of... (37 of 1024 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Human reproduction

Collins Dictionary:

beget | begetter [noun, derived]

to father | to cause or create (6 of 480 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/beget

Merriam-Webster:

beget | begot [past tense] | begat [past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle] | sire [synonym, sense-specific] | effect [synonym, sense-specific] | breed [synonym, sense-specific] | bring [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to procreate as the father; "sire" | to produce especially as an effect or outgrowth (14 of 195 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/beget

Oxford Dictionary:

beget | begot [past tense] | begat [past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle] | begets [3rd-person singular present] | cause [synonym, sense-specific] | begetter [derived]

[transitive, literary] : [men] bring (a child) into existence by the process of reproduction | cause; bring about (17 of 81 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/beget

Wiktionary:

beget | begot [past tense] | begat [archaic, past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle] | begets [3rd-person singular present] | befall [synonym, sense-specific]

To cause; to produce. | To procreate; to father (rarely: to mother); to get with child. | [UK dialectal] To happen to; befall. (21 of 59 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/beget

Macmillan British Dictionary:

beget [transitive] | begot [past tense] | begat [past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle] | begets [3rd-person singular present]

[formal] to cause something to happen or be created | an old word meaning "to become the father of a child" (20 of 52 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/beget

New World Dictionary:

beget | begat [archaic, past tense] | begot [archaic, past tense] | begotten [present participle] | begetter [noun, related]

to be the father or sire of; procreate | to bring into being; produce (13 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beget

American Heritage Dictionary:

beget | begot [past tense] | begotten [present participle] | begetting [3rd-person singular present] | begetter [noun, related]

To father; sire. | To cause to exist or occur; produce (10 of 43 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beget

Cambridge Dictionary:

beget | begot [past tense] | begat [past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle]

[dated] to be the father of | [formal] to cause (9 of 39 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beget

Random House Dictionary:

beget | begot [past tense] | begat [archaic, past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle]

(especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring). | to cause; produce as an effect. (16 of 37 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/beget

Britannica Encyclopedia:

get [Jewish document] | Gett | Geṭ ("bill of divorce") [Hebrew] | Gittin [plural]

Jewish document of divorce written in Aramaic according to a prescribed formula. Orthodox and Conservative Jews recognize it as the only valid ... (22 of 256 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/232165​/get

Encarta Dictionary:

beget | begot [past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle] | begets [3rd-person singular present]

to be the cause of something | to be the father of a child (archaic) (14 of 61 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589738​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

beget | begot [past tense] | begat [archaic, past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle] | begets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English begeten, biȝeten, from Old English beġietan ("to get, find, acquire, attain, receive, take, seize, happen, beget"), from Proto-Germanic *bigetaną ("to find, seize"), equivalent to be- +... (28 of 51 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/beget

Online Etymology:

beget

Origin: Old English begietan "to get by effort, find, acquire, attain, seize" (class V strong verb, past tense begeat, past participle ... (20 of 43 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=beget

Collins Dictionary:

beget

Origin: Old English begietan; related to Old Saxon bigetan, Old High German pigezzan, Gothic bigitan to find; see be-, get

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/beget

New World Dictionary:

beget | begat [archaic, past tense] | begot [archaic, past tense] | begotten [present participle]

Origin: Middle English begeten, to obtain, beget from Old English begietan, to acquire: see "be-" and "get"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beget

American Heritage Dictionary:

beget | begot [past tense] | begotten [present participle] | begetting [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English biyeten, bigeten, from Old English begetan; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beget

Merriam-Webster:

beget | begot [past tense] | begat [past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English begeten, alteration of beyeten, from Old English bigietan

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/beget

Oxford Dictionary:

beget | begot [past tense] | begat [past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle] | begets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English begietan "get, obtain by effort" (see "be-", "get")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/beget

Encarta Dictionary:

beget | begot [past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle] | begets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English begietan "get" from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589738​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

beget

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "beget"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/beget

Macmillan British Dictionary:

beget [transitive] | begot [past tense] | begat [past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle] | begets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "beget"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/beget

Macmillan American Dictionary:

beget [transitive] | begot [past tense] | begat [past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle] | begets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "beget"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/beget

Cambridge Dictionary:

beget | begot [past tense] | begat [past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "beget"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "beget"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beget

the Free Dictionary:

beget

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "beget"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "beget"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "beget" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/beget

Google Dictionary:

beget | begot [past tense] | begat [past tense] | begotten [past participle] | begetting [present participle] | begets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "beget"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

beget

Audio: North American pronunciation of "beget"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=beget​001 word=beget

YourDictionary Audio:

beget

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "beget" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beget

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