get/gɛt/USA pronunciationv.,got/gɑt/USA pronunciation or got•ten/ˈgɑtən/USA pronunciation get•ting,n. v.
to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of:[~ + object]She got a lovely gift for her birthday.
to cause to be in one's possession or be available for one's use:[~ + object]I need to get some information.
to earn:[~ + object]I'm sure he gets fifty thousand a year.
to go after, take hold of, and bring (something) for oneself or another; fetch:[~ + object + object]Please get me a cup of coffee.
to (cause to) become, to do, to move, etc., as mentioned: [~ + object]We couldn't get the car into the garage.[~ + object + verb-ed/-en]We couldn't get the car started.[~ + verb-ed/-en]He couldn't get started on his work.[~ + object + verb-ing]We finally got the car going.[~ + verb-ing]I find it hard to get going in the morning.[~ + object + to + verb]We finally got the logs to burn.[~ + object + adjective]That gets me pretty angry.[no object]She'd like to get away for a while.[~ + adjective]I get tired at night.
to catch (a disease or sickness) or feel the bad effects of:[~ + object]got malaria in the tropics; I got a headache from the noise.
to communicate with over a distance; reach:[~ + object]to get someone on the telephone.
to hear or hear clearly:[~ + object]I'm afraid I didn't get your last name.
to understand or comprehend:[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object]I didn't get the joke.
to capture; seize:[~ + object]Get him before he escapes!
to receive as a punishment or sentence:[~ + object]The thief got a year in jail.
to influence or persuade:[~ + object + to + verb]We'll get him to go with us.
to prepare; make ready:[~ + object]to get dinner.
to hit, strike, wound, or kill:[~ + object]The bullet got him in the leg.
Informal Terms to get revenge against:[~ + object]I'll get you yet!
to receive (one's fair reward or punishment):[~ + one's]Someday soon they'll get theirs.
Informal Terms to puzzle; annoy; hurt:[~ + (to + ) object]Their nasty remarks get (to) me sometimes.
to come to a specified place; arrive; reach:[no object]to get home late.
to succeed in something:[~ + to + verb]She gets to meet a lot of interesting people.
The verb get may be used as an auxiliary verb (like be) and be followed by a past participle to form the passive; it means almost the same as "become'':[~ + verb-ed/-en]She got married when she was twenty-five.
get about,[no object]
to move around physically from one place to another:He found it hard to get about after his leg injury.
to become known, as a rumor:Soon the news got about.
to circulate:She gets about a lot in her job as regional director.
get across, to (cause to) be or become clearly understood: [~ + object + across]I tried to get my message across.[no object]The message got across.
get ahead,[no object] to be successful, as in business or society:She wants to get ahead in her job.
get along,[no object]
to go away; leave:We must get along now; see you soon.
[~ + along (+ with/without )] to survive or continue to go on:I can't get along without her.
[~ + along (+ with )] to be on good terms; agree:He couldn't get along with his in-laws.
[~ + around + object] to overcome; circumvent; outwit:found a way to get around the law.
[no object] to travel from place to place; circulate:I don't get around much anymore.
get at,[~ + at + object]
to reach; touch:I can't get at that book on the shelf.
to suggest; hint at:What are you getting at—do you think he's guilty?
to discover; determine:to get at the root of the mystery.
get away,[no object]
to escape; flee:The thieves got away.
to start out; leave:Can you get away from the office by five o'clock?
get away with,[~ + object] to do something without punishment:She got away with a lot of mistakes.
[no object] to come back; return:We got back home in June.
to recover; regain: [~ + object + back]We got most of our money back.[~ + back + object]We got back most of our money.
[~ + back + at + object] to punish another for harm or injury done to oneself; get revenge on:Someday she'll get back at him for taking her money.
to get beyond; pass: [no object]I need to get by; please move a little.[~ + object]She couldn't get by us.
to escape the notice (of): [no object]Somehow these errors got by.[~ + by + object]These errors got by our accountants.
[no object] to survive or manage to live or continue:couldn't get by on that low salary.
to bring or come down; (cause to) descend: [no object]The plane got down to about 500 feet.[~ + object + down]The pilot got the plane down safely.
[no object] to concentrate; attend:Get down to work.
[~ + object + down] to cause to be depressed:This cloudy weather gets me down.
[~ + object + down] to swallow:couldn't get any food down.
[no object] to enter:The thieves got in through the window.
[no object] to arrive at a destination:The plane got in at noon.
[~ + in + with + object] to enter into close association:She got in with a bad crowd.
[~ + off + object] to dismount from or get out of:The passengers got off the plane.
to (cause to) begin a journey: [no object]We got off a few hours late.[~ + object + off]I got the kids off to school.
to (help someone to) escape punishment, esp. by providing legal assistance: [no object]He got off with a very light sentence.[~ + object + off]The lawyer got his client off.
[no object] to finish, as one's workday:We get off at five o'clock.
get off on,[~ + off + on + object][Slang.]to enjoy:gets off on baseball games.
[no object] to make progress; proceed; advance:How are you getting on with your work?
to continue:Let's get on with the trial, please.
[be + ~-ing + on] to advance in age:He is getting on in years.
to (cause to) leave or be removed: [no object]Get out of this room.[~ + object + out]Get them out of this room.
to (cause to) become publicly known: [~ + out + object]He got out the story to the papers.[~ + object + out]He got the news out.[no object]How did the news get out so fast?
to withdraw, leave, or retire: [~ + of + object]He got out of the stock market before the collapse.[no object]We'll get out before the stock market collapses.
to produce or complete: [~ + out + object]We can get out a thousand papers each day.[~ + object + out]We can get a thousand papers out each day.
[~ + over + object] to recover from:to get over an illness.
[~ + object + over] to get across:I need to get my points over more convincingly.
[~ + over + object] to overcome:I got over that problem.
[~ + object] to finish:I hope I can get through all this work.
[no object] to reach someone, as by telephone:I tried calling you, but I couldn't get through.
[~ (+ to + object)] to make oneself clearly understood:Am I getting through (to you)?
[~ + object] to endure or survive:They managed to get through the worst of the winter.
get to,[~ + object]
to get in touch or into communication with; contact:I'll get to you by morning.
to make an impression on; affect emotionally:That sad movie really got to me.
to begin:Let's get to work.
to (cause to) congregate, meet, or gather together: [no object]We got together at the church.[~ + object + together]The minister got them together for a meeting.[~ + together + object]got together the best minds in the nation.
[no object] to come to an accord; agree:I'm sure we can get together on a price.
put together; organize: [~ + object + together]He got a very good report together.[~ + together + object]He got together a good report.
to (cause to) sit up or stand; arise: [no object]The child got up from the floor.[~ + object + up]Get her up and bring her to the car.
to (cause to) rise from bed: [~ + object + up]The radio got me up at six o'clock.[no object]I was so tired I couldn't get up on time.
[~ + object] to ascend or mount:We got up the mountain quickly.
[~ + object] to draw upon; rouse:He got up his courage.
to hit, strike, or wound:The bullet got him in the leg.
Informal Termsto kill.
Informal Termsto take vengeance on:I'll get you yet!
to catch or be afflicted with; come down with or suffer from:He got malaria while living in the tropics. She gets butterflies before every performance.
Informal Termsto puzzle; irritate; annoy:Their silly remarks get me.
Informal Termsto understand; comprehend:I don't get the joke. This report may be crystal-clear to a scientist, but I don't get it.
to come to a specified place; arrive; reach:to get home late.
to succeed, become enabled, or be permitted:You get to meet a lot of interesting people.
to become or to cause oneself to become as specified; reach a certain condition:to get angry; to get sick.
(used as an auxiliary verb fol. by a past participle to form the passive):to get married;to get elected;to get hit by a car.
to succeed in coming, going, arriving at, visiting, etc. (usually fol. by away, in, into, out, etc.):I don't get into town very often.
to bear, endure, or survive (usually fol. by through or over):Can he get through another bad winter?
to earn money; gain.
Informal Termsto leave promptly; scram:He told us to get.
to start or enter upon the action of (fol. by a present participle expressing action):to get moving; Get rolling.
to move about; be active:He gets about with difficulty since his illness.
to become known; spread:It was supposed to be a secret, but somehow it got about.
to be socially active:She's been getting about much more since her family moved to the city.Also, get around.
to make or become understandable; communicate:to get a lesson across to students.
to be convincing about; impress upon others:The fire chief got across forcefully the fact that turning in a false alarm is a serious offense.
get ahead, to be successful, as in business or society:She got ahead by sheer determination.
get ahead of:
to move forward of, as in traveling:The taxi got ahead of her after the light changed.
to surpass; outdo:He refused to let anyone get ahead of him in business.
to go away; leave.
See get on.
to circumvent; outwit.
to ingratiate oneself with (someone) through flattery or cajolery.
to travel from place to place; circulate:I don't get around much anymore.
See get about.
to reach; touch:to stretch in order to get at a top shelf.
to suggest, hint at, or imply; intimate:What are you getting at?
to discover; determine:to get at the root of a problem.
[Informal.]to influence by surreptitious or illegal means; bribe:The gangsters couldn't get at the mayor.
to escape; flee:He tried to get away, but the crowd was too dense.
to start out; leave:The racehorses got away from the starting gate.
get away with, to perpetrate or accomplish without detection or punishment:Some people lie and cheat and always seem to get away with it.
to come back; return:When will you get back?
to recover; regain:He got back his investment with interest.
to be revenged:She waited for a chance to get back at her accuser.
to succeed in going past:to get by a police barricade.
to manage to exist, survive, continue in business, etc., in spite of difficulties.
to evade the notice of:He doesn't let much get by him.
to bring or come down; descend:The kitten climbed the tree, but then couldn't get down again.
to concentrate; attend:to get down to the matter at hand.
to depress; discourage; fatigue:Nothing gets me down so much as a rainy day.
to swallow:The pill was so large that he couldn't get it down.
to relax and enjoy oneself completely; be uninhibited in one's enjoyment:getting down with a bunch of old friends.
Idiomsget even. See even1 (def. 22).
to begin; act:They wanted to get going on the construction of the house.
to increase one's speed; make haste:If we don't get going, we'll never arrive in time.
to go into a place; enter:He forgot his key and couldn't get in.
to arrive; come:They both got in on the same train.
to become associated with:He got in with a bad crowd.
to be chosen or accepted, as for office, membership, etc.:As secretary of the club, his friend made sure that he got in.
to become implicated in:By embezzling money to pay his gambling debts quickly, he was getting in further and further.
to be punished or reprimanded:You'll get it for breaking that vase!
to understand or grasp something:This is just between us, get it?
Idiomsget it off,Slang (vulgar). to experience orgasm.
get it on:
[Informal.]to work or perform with satisfying harmony or energy or develop a strong rapport, as in music:a rock group really getting it on with the audience.
Slang (vulgar). to have sexual intercourse.
get it up,[Slang](vulgar), to achieve an erection of the penis.
to escape the consequences of or punishment for one's actions.
to help (someone) escape punishment:A good lawyer might get you off.
to begin a journey; leave:He got off on the noon flight.
to leave (a train, plane, etc.); dismount from (a horse); alight.
to tell (a joke); express (an opinion):The comedian got off a couple of good ones.
[Informal.]to have the effrontery:Where does he get off telling me how to behave?
Slang (vulgar). to experience orgasm.
to experience or cause to experience a high from or as if from a drug.
to cause to feel pleasure, enthusiasm, or excitement:a new rock group that gets everyone off.
get off on,[Slang.]to become enthusiastic about or excited by:After years of indifference, she's getting off on baseball.
get on or along:
to make progress; proceed; advance.
to have sufficient means to manage, survive, or fare.
to be on good terms; agree:She simply can't get on with her brothers.
to advance in age:He is getting on in years.
to leave (often fol. by of ):Get out of here! We had to get out of the bus at San Antonio.
to become publicly known:We mustn't let this story get out.
to withdraw or retire (often fol. by of ):He decided to get out of the dry goods business.
to produce or complete:Let's get this work out!
to recover from:to get over an illness.
See get across.
Idiomsget round. See get around.
Idiomsget the lead out. See lead2 (def. 11).
Idiomsget there, to reach one's goal; succeed:He wanted to be a millionaire but he died before he got there.
to succeed, as in meeting, reaching, or contacting by telephone (usually fol. by to):I tried to call you last night, but I couldn't get through.
to complete; finish:How he ever got through college is a mystery.
to make oneself understood:One simply cannot get through to her.
to get in touch or into communication with; contact:It was too late by the time he got to the authorities.
[Informal.]to make an impression on; affect:This music really gets to you.
to begin:When he gets to telling stories about the war, there's no stopping him.
to accumulate; gather:to get together a portfolio of 20 stocks.
to congregate; meet:The alumnae chapter gets together twice a year.
to come to an accord; agree:They simply couldn't get together on matters of policy.
to sit up or stand; arise.
to rise from bed.
to ascend or mount.
to prepare; arrange; organize:to get up an exhibit.
to draw upon; marshal; rouse:to get up one's courage.
Idiomsto acquire a knowledge of.
Idioms(to a horse) go! go ahead! go faster!
Idiomsto dress, as in a costume or disguise:She got herself up as an astronaut.
Idiomsto produce in a specified style, as a book:It was got up in brown leather with gold endpapers.
Idiomshas or have got:
to possess or own; have:She's got a new car. Have you got the tickets?
must (fol. by an infinitive):He's got to get to a doctor right away.
to suffer from:Have you got a cold?
an offspring or the total of the offspring, esp. of a male animal:the get of a stallion.
a return of a ball, as in tennis, that would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent.
something earned, as salary, profits, etc.:What's your week's get?
a child born out of wedlock.
Old Norse geta to obtain, beget; cognate with Old English -gietan (Middle English yeten), German -gessen, in vergessen to forget; (noun, nominal) Middle English: something gotten, offspring, derivative of the verb, verbal
(verb, verbal) Middle English geten 1150–1200
1, 2.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedGet,obtain,acquire,procure,secure imply gaining possession of something. Get may apply to coming into possession in any manner, and either voluntarily or not. Obtain suggests putting forth effort to gain possession, and acquire stresses the possessing after an (often prolonged) effort. Procure suggests the method of obtaining, as that of search or choice. Secure, considered in bad taste as a would-be-elegant substitute for get, is, however, when used with discrimination, a perfectly proper word. It suggests making possession sure and safe, after obtaining something by competition or the like.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged win, gain.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged apprehend, grasp.
10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged induce, dispose.
12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged engender.
For nearly 400 years, forms of get have been used with a following past participle to form the passive voice:She got engaged when she was 19. He won't get accepted with those grades.This use of get rather than of forms of to be in the passive is found today chiefly in speech and informal writing.In British English got is the regular past participle of get, and gotten survives only in a few set phrases, such as ill-gotten gains. In American English gotten, although occasionally criticized, is an alternative standard past participle in most senses, especially in the senses "to receive'' or "to acquire'':I have gotten(or got) all that I ever hoped for.Have or hasgot in the sense "must'' has been in use since the early 19th century; often the have or has is contracted:You've got to carry your passport at all times.The use of have (or has) got in the sense of "to possess'' goes back to the 15th century; it is also frequently contracted:She's got a master's degree in biology.These uses are occasionally criticized as redundant on the grounds that have alone expresses the meaning adequately, but they are well established and fully standard in all varieties of speech and writing. In some contexts in American English, substituting gotten for got produces a change in meaning:She's got(possesses) a new job. She's gotten (has aquired) a new job. He's got to (must) attend the wedding. He's gotten to (has been allowed or enabled to) attend. The children have got (are suffering from) the measles. The children have gotten (have caught) the measles. The use of got without have or has to mean "must'' (I got to buy a new suit) is characteristic of the most relaxed, informal speech and does not occur in edited writing except in representations of speech. Gotta is a pronunciation spelling representing this use.
(git)USA pronunciation for get has existed since the 16th century. The same change is exhibited in
(kin)USA pronunciation for can and
(yit)USA pronunciation for yet. The pronunciation
(git)USA pronunciation is not regional and occurs in all parts of the country. It is most common as an unstressed syllable: Let's get going!(lets′ git gō′ing).USA pronunciation In educated speech the pronunciation
(git)USA pronunciation in stressed syllables is rare and sometimes criticized. When get is an imperative meaning "leave immediately,'' the pronunciation is usually facetious: Now get!(nou′ git′).USA pronunciation