beget

To beget means to generate something, usually children, and it can be used to refer to the role of either a mother or a father.

If we analyze the word beget, we get the prefix be-, which tends to intensify the meaning of the following verb, and get, which means to cause something to enter one's possession. The word is usually used to refer to having children, although it can be used to refer to anything that generates something else — for example, an inspiration can beget a brilliant idea.

Definitions of beget
  1. verb
    make children
    “Abraham begot Isaac”
    synonyms: bring forth, engender, father, generate, get, mother, sire
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    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  2. verb
    cause to happen, occur, or exist
    synonyms: achieve, bring about, give rise, produce
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    types:
    induce, induct
    produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes
    lead, leave, result
    have as a result or residue
    lead
    tend to or result in
    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
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