• From Middle English begeten, biȝeten, from Old English beġietan ("to get, find, acquire, attain, receive, take, seize, happen, beget"), [influenced by Old Norse geta ("to get, to guess")] from Proto-Germanic *bigetaną ("to find, seize"), equivalent to be- + get. Cognate with Old Saxon bigetan ("to find, seize"), Old High German bigezan ("to gain, achieve, win, procure").

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