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Dictionary Definition

get

Verb

1 come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work" [syn: acquire]
2 enter or assume a certain state or condition; "He became annoyed when he heard the bad news"; "It must be getting more serious"; "her face went red with anger"; "She went into ecstasy"; "Get going!" [syn: become, go]
3 cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition; "He got his squad on the ball"; "This let me in for a big surprise"; "He got a girl into trouble" [syn: let, have]
4 receive a specified treatment (abstract); "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions" [syn: receive, find, obtain, incur]
5 reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress; "She arrived home at 7 o'clock"; "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight" [syn: arrive, come] [ant: leave]
6 go or come after and bring or take back; "Get me those books over there, please"; "Could you bring the wine?"; "The dog fetched the hat" [syn: bring, convey, fetch] [ant: take away]
7 of mental or physical states or experiences; "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "undergo a strange sensation"; "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; "The fluid undergoes shear"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling" [syn: experience, receive, have, undergo]
8 take vengeance on or get even; "We'll get them!"; "That'll fix him good!"; "This time I got him" [syn: pay back, pay off, fix]
9 achieve a point or goal; "Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day" [syn: have, make]
10 cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa" [syn: induce, stimulate, cause, have, make]
11 succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?" [syn: catch, capture]
12 come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body"; "Well-developed breasts" [syn: grow, develop, produce, acquire]
13 be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill" [syn: contract, take]
14 communicate with a place or person; establish communication with, as if by telephone; "Bill called this number and he got Mary"; "The operator couldn't get Kobe because of the earthquake"
15 give certain properties to something; "get someone mad"; "She made us look silly"; "He made a fool of himself at the meeting"; "Don't make this into a big deal"; "This invention will make you a millionaire"; "Make yourself clear" [syn: make]
16 move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you driving at?" [syn: drive, aim]
17 grasp with the mind or develop an undersatnding of; "did you catch that allusion?"; "We caught something of his theory in the lecture"; "don't catch your meaning"; "did you get it?"; "She didn't get the joke"; "I just don't get him" [syn: catch]
18 attract and fix; "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter" [syn: catch, arrest]
19 reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot; "the rock caught her in the back of the head"; "The blow got him in the back"; "The punch caught him in the stomach" [syn: catch]
20 reach by calculation; "What do you get when you add up these numbers?"
21 acquire as a result of some effort or action; "You cannot get water out of a stone"; "Where did she get these news?"
22 purchase; "What did you get at the toy store?"
23 perceive by hearing; "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time" [syn: catch]
24 suffer from the receipt of; "She will catch hell for this behavior!" [syn: catch]
25 receive as a retribution or punishment; "He got 5 years in prison" [syn: receive]
26 leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form; "Scram!" [syn: scram, buzz off, fuck off, bugger off]
27 reach and board; "She got the bus just as it was leaving"
28 irritate; "Her childish behavior really get to me"; "His lying really gets me" [syn: get under one's skin]
29 evoke an emotional response; "Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time"
30 apprehend and reproduce accurately; "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; "She got the mood just right in her photographs" [syn: catch]
31 in baseball: earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher; "He drew a base on balls" [syn: draw]
32 overcome or destroy; "The ice storm got my hibiscus"; "the cat got the goldfish"
33 be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me" [syn: perplex, vex, stick, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound]
34 take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's get down to work now" [syn: get down, begin, start out, start, set about, set out, commence] [ant: end]
35 undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); "She suffered a fracture in the accident"; "He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars"; "She got a bruise on her leg"; "He got his arm broken in the scuffle" [syn: suffer, sustain, have]
36 make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them" [syn: beget, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth] [also: gotten, got, getting]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /gɛt/, /gEt/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛt

Etymology 1

From geta (the Old English cognate existing only in compounds such as forġietan ‘forget’, beġietan ‘beget’, etc.).

Verb

  1. To obtain, purchase or acquire.
    I'm going to get a computer tomorrow from the discount store.
    You need to get permission to leave early.
  2. To receive.
    I got a computer from my parents for my birthday.
    He got a severe reprimand for that.
  3. To fetch.
    Can you get my bag from the living-room, please?
  4. To become.
    I'm getting hungry, how about you?
    Don't get drunk tonight.
  5. To cause to become; to bring about
    That song gets me so depressed every time I hear it.
    I'll get this finished by lunchtime.
    I can't get these boots off.
  6. To cause to do.
    Somehow she got him to agree to it.
    I can't get it to work.
  7. To arrive (at) or progress (towards a place or outcome).
    When are we going to get to London?
    We're slowly getting there.
  8. To go or come (to a specified place, or in a specified manner)
    Get over here!
    She got from one side of the bridge to the other in no time.''
  9. To adopt or assume (a certain position or state).
    The actors are getting into position.
    I'm getting into a muddle.
    We got behind the wall.
  10. To begin (doing something).
    We ought to get moving or we'll be late.
    After lunch we got chatting.
  11. To catch (a means of public transport).
    I normally get the 7.45 train.
  12. In the context of "transitive|idiom": To respond to (a telephone call, a doorbell, etc).
    Can you get that call, please? I'm busy.
  13. In the context of "intransitive|followed by infinitive": To be able, permitted (to do something); to have the opportunity (to do something).
    I'm so jealous that you got to see them perform live!
  14. In the context of "transitive|informal": To understand.
    Yeah, I get it, it's just not funny.
    He's weird. I don't get him.
    Do you get math class?
    I don't get what you mean by "fun". This place sucks!
  15. In the context of "transitive": To be (used to form the passive of verbs)
    He got bitten by a dog.
  16. In the context of "transitive|informal": To catch (a disease).
    I went on holiday and got malaria.
  17. In the context of "transitive|informal": To catch out, trick.
    He keeps calling pretending to be my boss — it gets me every time.
  18. In the context of "transitive|informal": To perplex, stump.
    That question's really got me.
  19. To find as an answer.
    What did you get for question four?
  20. In the context of "transitive|informal": To bring to reckoning; to catch (as a criminal).
    The cops finally got me.
  21. In the context of "transitive|informal": To physically assault.
    I'm gonna get him for that.
  22. In the context of "transitive|informal": To hear.
    Sorry, I didn't get that. Could you repeat it?
Translations
obtain
receive
colloquial: understand
colloquial: be
  • Catalan: ser
  • French: être
  • German: werden
  • Italian: essere
  • Norwegian: bli
  • Portuguese: ser
  • Scottish Gaelic: bi
  • Spanish: ser
  • Swedish: bli
become
Quotations
  • 1971, Carol King and Gerry Goffin, “Smackwater Jack”, Tapestry, Ode Records
    We got to ride to clean up the streets / For our wives and our daughters!
Derived terms

Noun

  1. A git.

Etymology 3

Hebrew גט.

Noun

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

get

Extensive Definition

Get may refer to:
get in Italian: GET
get in Japanese: ゲット

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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