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beget

be·get

beget

pronunciation:
b get
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: begets, begetting, begot, begotten
definition 1: to generate (offspring); cause to begin life, esp. to father.
The king begot two daughters before begetting a son.
synonyms:
engender, father, generate, procreate, sire
similar words:
breed, create, produce, propagate, spawn
definition 2: to produce or cause.
Poverty often begets crime.
synonyms:
breed, create, engender, generate, give rise to, lead to, spawn
similar words:
cause, occasion, procreate, produce, yield
derivation: begetter (n.)
Word Parts
The word beget contains the following part:
be- Old English prefix that means to cover or surround with; to act on or change another.
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The prefix be- forms verbs from nouns and verbs.