tr.v. be·got (-gŏt), be·got·ten (-gŏtn) or be·got, be·get·ting, be·gets
1. To produce (offspring) by sexual reproduction. Used especially of a man.
2. To cause to exist or occur; produce: Violence begets more violence.
[Middle English biyeten, bigeten, from Old English begetan; see ghend- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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