Meaning of “beget” in the English Dictionary

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"beget" in British English

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begetverb [ T ]

uk /bɪˈɡet/ us /bɪˈɡet/ present participle begetting, past tense begot or begat, past participle begotten or begot

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.

(Definition of “beget” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)