Definitions for GETgɛt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

get*gɛt(v.)got, got; got•ten, get•ting

  1. (v.t.)to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of:

    to get a gift; to get a pension.

  2. to cause to be in one's possession or be available for one's use or enjoyment; obtain; acquire:

    to get a good price for a house; to get information.

  3. to earn:

    to get the minimum wage.

  4. to go after, take hold of, and bring (something) for oneself or another; fetch:

    She got the trunk from the attic.

  5. to cause or cause to become, to do, to move, etc., as specified:

    to get one's hair cut; to get a fire to burn.

  6. to communicate or establish communication with over a distance; reach:

    to get someone by telephone.

  7. to hear or hear clearly:

    I didn't get your last name.

  8. to acquire a mental grasp of; learn:

    to get a lesson.

  9. to capture; seize:

    Get him before he escapes!

  10. to receive as a punishment or sentence:

    to get a spanking; to get a year in jail.

  11. to prevail on; influence or persuade:

    We'll get him to go with us.

  12. to prepare; make ready:

    to get dinner.

  13. (esp. of animals) to beget.

    Category: Zoology

  14. to affect emotionally:

    Her tears got me.

    Category: Informal

  15. to hit, strike, or wound:

    The bullet got him in the leg.

  16. to kill.

    Category: Informal

  17. to take vengeance on:

    I'll get you yet!

    Category: Informal

  18. to catch or be afflicted with:

    to get malaria while in the tropics; to get butterflies before a performance.

  19. to receive (one's deserts, esp. punishment) (fol. by his, hers, theirs, or yours):

    You'll get yours!

  20. to puzzle; irritate; annoy:

    Their silly remarks get me.

    Category: Informal

  21. to understand; comprehend:

    to get a joke.

    Category: Informal

  22. (v.i.)to come to a specified place; arrive; reach:

    to get home late.

  23. to succeed, become enabled, or be permitted:

    You get to meet a lot of interesting people.

  24. to become or to cause oneself to become as specified; reach a certain condition:

    to get ready; to get sick.

  25. (used as an auxiliary verb fol. by a past participle to form the passive):

    to get married; to get hit by a car.

  26. to succeed in coming, going, arriving at, visiting, etc. (usu. fol. by away, in, into, out, etc.):

    I don't get into town very often.

  27. to bear, endure, or survive (usu. fol. by through or over):

    Will he get through another bad winter?

  28. to earn money; gain.

  29. to leave immediately:

    He told us to get.

    Category: Informal

  30. to start or enter upon the action of (fol. by a present participle expressing action):

    to get moving.

  31. get about, to move around physically from one place to another. to become known, as a rumor. to engage in social activities.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  32. get across, to succeed in communicating or explaining: to be or become clearly understood:

    to get a message across.

    The message finally got across.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  33. get ahead, to be successful, as in business or society.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  34. get along, to go away; leave. to get on.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  35. get around, to circumvent; outwit. to ingratiate oneself with (someone) by flattery or cajolery. to travel from place to place; circulate: to get about.

    I don't get around much anymore.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  36. get at, to reach; touch. to suggest, hint at, or imply; intimate: to discover; determine:

    What are you getting at?

    to get at the root of a problem.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  37. get away, to escape; flee. to start out; leave.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  38. get away with, to do or steal without consequent punishment.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  39. get back, to come back; return. to recover; regain. to be revenged.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  40. get by, to get beyond; pass. to escape the notice of. to survive or manage minimally. to expend little effort; be merely adequate.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  41. get down, to bring or come down; descend. to concentrate; attend. to depress; discourage; fatigue. to swallow. to relax and enjoy oneself completely.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  42. get in, to enter. to arrive at a destination. to enter into close association (usu. fol. by with): to be or cause to be elected to office or accepted into a group.

    getting in with the wrong crowd.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  43. get off, to dismount from or get out of. to begin a journey. to escape punishment. to help (someone) to escape punishment, esp. by providing legal assistance. to tell or write: to have the effrontery: to finish, as one's workday: Slang. to have orgasm or an intense experience likened to it.

    to get off a joke.

    Where does he get off telling me what to do?

    We get off at five o'clock.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  44. get off on,Slang. to become enthusiastic about or excited by.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  45. get on, to make progress; proceed; advance. to have sufficient means to manage, survive, or fare. to be on good terms; agree: to advance in age:

    She doesn't get on with her roommate.

    He is getting on in years.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  46. get out, to leave (often fol. by of). to become publicly known. to withdraw or retire (often fol. by of). to produce or complete.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  47. get over, to recover from: to get across.

    to get over an illness.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  48. get through, to finish. to reach someone, as by telephone. to make oneself clearly understood.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  49. get to, to get in touch or into communication with; contact. to make an impression on; affect. to begin.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  50. get together, to accumulate; gather. to congregate; meet. to come to an accord; agree.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  51. get up, to sit up or stand; arise. to rise from bed. to ascend or mount. to prepare; arrange; organize: to draw upon; marshal; rouse: (used as a command to a horse to start moving or go faster.) to dress up, as in a costume or by adding embellishments.

    to get up an exhibit.

    to get up one's courage.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  52. (n.)an offspring or the total of offspring, esp. of a male animal:

    the get of a stallion.

  53. a return of a ball, as in tennis, that would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent.

    Category: Sport

Idioms for get:

  1. get it, to be punished or reprimanded. to understand or grasp something.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  2. get nowhere,to fail despite much action and effort.

    Category: Idiom

  3. get off someone's back or case,Slang. to cease to nag or criticize someone.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  4. get somewhere,to have success in life or in reaching a specific goal.

  5. get there,to reach one's goal; succeed.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: The use of get rather than of forms of to be in the passive (He won't get accepted with those grades) is found today chiefly in informal speech and writing. In American English gotten , although occasionally criticized, is an alternative standard past participle in most senses, esp. “to receive” and “to acquire”: I have gotten (or got) a dozen replies so far.have or has got meaning “must” has been in use since the early 19th century, often contracted: You've got to carry your passport everywhere. In the sense “to possess” this construction dates to the 15th century and is also often contracted: She's got a master's degree in biology. Occasionally condemned as redundant, these uses are nevertheless standard in all varieties of speech and writing. got without have or has meaning “must” (I got to buy a new suit) is characteristic of highly informal speech. gotta is a pronunciation spelling representing this use.Pron: The pronunciation (git) for get has existed since the 16th century. The same change is exhibited in (kin) for can and (yit) for yet . The pronunciation (git) 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). In educated speech the pronunciation (git) in stressed syllables is rare and sometimes criticized. When get is an imperative meaning “leave immediately,” the pronunciation is usu. facetious: Now get! (nou` git′).

Origin of get:

1150–1200; ME < ON geta to obtain, beget; c. OE -gietan (ME yeten), OS -getan, OHG -gezzan



Princeton's WordNet

  1. get(verb)

    a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent

  2. get, acquire(verb)

    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"

  3. become, go, get(verb)

    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!"

  4. get, let, have(verb)

    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"

  5. receive, get, find, obtain, incur(verb)

    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"

  6. arrive, get, come(verb)

    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

    "She arrived home at 7 o'clock"; "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight"

  7. bring, get, convey, fetch(verb)

    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"

  8. experience, receive, have, get(verb)

    go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

    "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling"

  9. pay back, pay off, get, fix(verb)

    take vengeance on or get even

    "We'll get them!"; "That'll fix him good!"; "This time I got him"

  10. have, get, make(verb)

    achieve a point or goal

    "Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day"

  11. induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make(verb)

    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"

  12. get, catch, capture(verb)

    succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

    "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?"

  13. grow, develop, produce, get, acquire(verb)

    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"

  14. contract, take, get(verb)

    be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

    "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill"

  15. get(verb)

    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"

  16. make, get(verb)

    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"

  17. drive, get, aim(verb)

    move into a desired direction of discourse

    "What are you driving at?"

  18. catch, get(verb)

    grasp with the mind or develop an understanding 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"

  19. catch, arrest, get(verb)

    attract and fix

    "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter"

  20. get, catch(verb)

    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"

  21. get(verb)

    reach by calculation

    "What do you get when you add up these numbers?"

  22. get(verb)

    acquire as a result of some effort or action

    "You cannot get water out of a stone"; "Where did she get these news?"

  23. get(verb)


    "What did you get at the toy store?"

  24. catch, get(verb)

    perceive by hearing

    "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"

  25. catch, get(verb)

    suffer from the receipt of

    "She will catch hell for this behavior!"

  26. get, receive(verb)

    receive as a retribution or punishment

    "He got 5 years in prison"

  27. scram, buzz off, fuck off, get, bugger off(verb)

    leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form


  28. get(verb)

    reach and board

    "She got the bus just as it was leaving"

  29. get, get under one's skin(verb)


    "Her childish behavior really get to me"; "His lying really gets me"

  30. get(verb)

    evoke an emotional response

    "Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time"

  31. catch, get(verb)

    apprehend and reproduce accurately

    "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; "She got the mood just right in her photographs"

  32. draw, get(verb)

    earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher

    "He drew a base on balls"

  33. get(verb)

    overcome or destroy

    "The ice storm got my hibiscus"; "the cat got the goldfish"

  34. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound(verb)

    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"

  35. get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence(verb)

    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"

  36. suffer, sustain, have, get(verb)

    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"

  37. beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth(verb)

    make children

    "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. get(verb)ɛt

    to obtain, buy, or receive

    I got a few things at the grocery store.; I got three letters in the mail.; She got a good job.; The region gets little rain.

  2. getɛt

    to become

    I got scared during the night.; He's getting fat.; The job will get easier after a few months.; It had gotten dark.

  3. getɛt

    to cause to be in a particular state or condition

    I'll get the drinks ready.; I'm never going to get this paper done!

  4. getɛt

    to bring sb or sth from somewhere

    Would you get me the scissors, please?; Dad's gone to get them at the airport.

  5. getɛt

    to have or start to have an illness

    He's got cancer.

  6. getɛt

    to move somewhere

    to get past/through/around/inside/under sth; Could you help me get the groceries into the house?

  7. getɛt

    to arrive somewhere

    We got to the border at sunset.; What time did you get home?

  8. getɛt

    to do sth or have it done for you

    I need to get some exercise.; He's getting his hair cut.

  9. getɛt

    to persuade sb to do sth

    She got him to lend her the money.

  10. getɛt

    to make progress

    I started reading it, but I didn't get very far.; It's hard, but you're getting there.

  11. getɛt

    to make no/some progress

    The peace talks were getting nowhere.

  12. getɛt

    to understand sth

    to get a joke; I explained it twice, but they still didn't get it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Get(noun)

    jet, the mineral

  2. Get(noun)

    fashion; manner; custom

  3. Get(noun)

    artifice; contrivance

  4. Get(verb)

    to procure; to obtain; to gain possession of; to acquire; to earn; to obtain as a price or reward; to come by; to win, by almost any means; as, to get favor by kindness; to get wealth by industry and economy; to get land by purchase, etc

  5. Get(verb)

    hence, with have and had, to come into or be in possession of; to have

  6. Get(verb)

    to beget; to procreate; to generate

  7. Get(verb)

    to obtain mental possession of; to learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; as to get a lesson; also with out; as, to get out one's Greek lesson

  8. Get(verb)

    to prevail on; to induce; to persuade

  9. Get(verb)

    to procure to be, or to cause to be in any state or condition; -- with a following participle

  10. Get(verb)

    to betake; to remove; -- in a reflexive use

  11. Get(verb)

    to make acquisition; to gain; to profit; to receive accessions; to be increased

  12. Get(verb)

    to arrive at, or bring one's self into, a state, condition, or position; to come to be; to become; -- with a following adjective or past participle belonging to the subject of the verb; as, to get sober; to get awake; to get beaten; to get elected

  13. Get(noun)

    offspring; progeny; as, the get of a stallion


  1. Get

    A get is a divorce document, which according to Jewish Law, must be presented by a husband to his wife to effect their divorce. The essential text of the get is quite short: "You are hereby permitted to all men," i.e., the wife is no longer a married woman, and the laws of adultery no longer apply. The get also returns to the wife the legal rights which a husband holds in regard to his wife in a Jewish marriage.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GET' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #119

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GET' in Written Corpus Frequency: #52

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GET' in Verbs Frequency: #8

Anagrams of GET

  1. Teg

Translations for GET

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to receive or obtain

I got a letter this morning.

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