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Past tense and a past participle of beget.


a past tense and past participle of beget



v.t. be•got, be•got•ten be•got, be•get•ting.
1. (esp. of a male parent) to generate (offspring).
2. to produce as an effect: a belief that power begets power.
[before 1000; Middle English begeten, biyeten, Old English begetan, c. Old High German bigezzan, Gothic bigitan]
be•get′ter, n.
References in classic literature ?
"It is all very well," said the Monkey, "to laugh at my offspring, but you go into any gallery of antique sculpture and look at the statues and busts of the fellows that you begot yourself."
it was an unlucky moment when we were born and an ill-starred hour when our fathers begot us!" And as she said this she showed signs of being about to faint.
whose stars are these: -- `Lovely Teygata, and dark-faced Electra, and Alcyone, and bright Asterope, and Celaeno, and Maia, and Merope, whom glorious Atlas begot....'