V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to father children; 2. to cause or create
Synonyms: generate, sire, procreate, father, engender, cause, spawn
Tips: The original meaning of beget, "to father children or procreate," is now used less frequently. It is probably familiar to some through older translations of the Bible, which recount genealogies. Now, it is a more sophisticated way of saying "to cause, create, or generate."
Though he had five daughters, he had yet to beget a son. (father)
Loneliness often begets depression, which, in a dismal cycle, can lead to further isolation from others. (causes, spawns)
The success of this advertising campaign will beget much more work from our client. (generate)
Your willingness to help will beget much gratitude. (generate, cause)
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