from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To father; sire.
- transitive v. To cause to exist or occur; produce: Violence begets more violence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause; to produce.
- v. To procreate; to father (rarely: to mother); to get with child.
- v. To happen to; befall.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To procreate, as a father or sire; to generate; -- commonly said of the father.
- transitive v. To get (with child.)
- transitive v. To produce as an effect; to cause to exist.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To procreate; generate: chiefly used of the father alone, but sometimes of both parents.
- To produce as an effect; cause to exist; generate; occasion: as, luxury begets vice; “love is begot by fancy,”
- Synonyms To breed, engender.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make children
Middle English biyeten, bigeten, from Old English begetan; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English begeten, biȝeten, from Old English beġietan ("to get, find, acquire, attain, receive, take, seize, happen, beget"), from Proto-Germanic *bigetanan (“to find, seize”), equivalent to be- + get. Cognate with Old Saxon bigitan ("to find, seize"), Old High German bigezan ("to gain, achieve, win, procure") (German begatten ("to mate, copulate, beget")). (Wiktionary)