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English definition of “beget”

beget

verb [T] uk   /bɪˈɡet/ (present participle begetting, past tense begot or begat, past participle begotten or begot) us  
old use to be the father of: In the Bible it says that Adam begat Cain and Abel. formal to cause: Poverty begets hunger, and hunger begets crime.
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