What does the word Begat mean?

Usage examples for Begat

  1. So after the death of the duke, King Uther lay with Igraine more than three hours after his death, and begat on her that night Arthur, and on day came Merlin to the king, and bade him make him ready, and so he kissed the lady Igraine and departed in all haste. – Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
  2. Money was being coined, and the making of money begat dreams. – Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield
  3. They built villages and begat children. – The Argus Pheasant by John Charles Beecham