- the past tense and past participle of get
- have got ⇒ to possess
- (takes an infinitive) used as an auxiliary to express compulsion felt to be imposed by or upon the speaker: I've got to get a new coat
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
- a pt. and pp. of get.
- [~ + object][Informal.]have got;
have:I got a bad cold.
auxiliary verb. [~ + to + verb]
reach:to get someone on the telephone.
seize:Get him before he escapes!
hurt:Their nasty remarks get (to) me sometimes.
reach:to get home late.
- 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.
- 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;
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.
- 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.
- to escape; flee:The thieves got away.
- to start out;
leave:Can you get away from the office by five o'clock?
- [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.
- [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.
- 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 be punished or reprimanded:You're going to get it if you're late.
- to understand or grasp something:You just don't get it, do you?
- Idiomsget nowhere, to make no progress despite much action and effort.
- Idiomsget off someone's back or case, [Slang.]to stop nagging or criticizing someone.
- Idiomshas or have got, [~ + to + verb] must:He's got to see a doctor right away.
- to come into possession of; receive or earn
- to bring or fetch
- to contract or be affected by: he got a chill at the picnic
- to capture or seize: the police finally got him
- (also intr) to become or cause to become or act as specified: to get a window open, get one's hair cut, get wet
- (intr; followed by a preposition or adverbial particle) to succeed in going, coming, leaving, etc: get off the bus
- (takes an infinitive) to manage or contrive: how did you get to be captain?
- to make ready or prepare: to get a meal
- to hear, notice, or understand: I didn't get your meaning
- US Canadian informal to learn or master by study
- (intransitive) often followed by to: to come (to) or arrive (at): we got home safely, to get to London
- to catch or enter: to get a train
- to induce or persuade: get him to leave at once
- to reach by calculation: add 2 and 2 and you will get 4
- to receive (a broadcast signal)
- to communicate with (a person or place), as by telephone
- (also intr) followed by to: informal to have an emotional effect (on): that music really gets me
- informal to annoy or irritate: her high voice gets me
- informal to bring a person into a difficult position from which he or she cannot escape
- informal to puzzle; baffle
- informal to hit: the blow got him in the back
- informal to be revenged on, esp by killing
- informal to have the better of: your extravagant habits will get you in the end
- (intr; followed by present participle) informal to begin: get moving
- (used as a command) informal go! leave now!
- archaic to beget or conceive
- get with child ⇒ archaic to make pregnant
- rare the act of begetting
- rare something begotten; offspring
- Brit slang
a variant of git
See also get about, get across, get at, get away, get back, get by, get in, get off, get on, get out, get over, get round, get through, get-together, get up, got, gottenEtymology: Old English gietan; related to Old Norse geta to get, learn, Old High German bigezzan to obtain
ˈgetable, ˈgettable adj USAGE