Get - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡet|  American pronunciation of the word get
Brit.  |ɡet|  British pronunciation of the word get
irregular verb:  p.t. — got  p.p. — got


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


- come into the possession of something concrete or abstract (syn: acquire)
- enter or assume a certain state or condition (syn: become, go)
It must be getting more serious
- cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition (syn: have, let)
- receive a specified treatment (abstract) (syn: find, incur, obtain, receive)
- reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress (syn: arrive, come)
She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight
- go or come after and bring or take back (syn: bring, convey, fetch)
- go through (mental or physical states or experiences) (syn: experience, have, receive)
get an idea
get nauseous
- take vengeance on or get even (syn: fix, pay back, pay off)
We'll get them!
- achieve a point or goal (syn: have, make)
- cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner (syn: cause, have, induce, make, stimulate)
- succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase (syn: capture, catch)
- come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes) (syn: acquire, develop, grow, produce)
- be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness (syn: contract, take)
- communicate with a place or person; establish communication with, as if by telephone
The operator couldn't get Kobe because of the earthquake
- give certain properties to something (syn: make)
get someone mad
- move into a desired direction of discourse (syn: aim, drive)
- grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of (syn: catch)
did you get it?
She didn't get the joke
I just don't get him
- attract and fix (syn: arrest, catch)
- reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot (syn: catch)
- reach by calculation
What do you get when you add up these numbers?
- acquire as a result of some effort or action
You cannot get water out of a stone
Where did she get these news?
- purchase
What did you get at the toy store?
- perceive by hearing (syn: catch)
She didn't get his name when they met the first time
- suffer from the receipt of (syn: catch)
- receive as a retribution or punishment (syn: receive)
- leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form (syn: bugger off, buzz off, scram)
- reach and board
- irritate
Her childish behavior really get to me
His lying really gets me
- evoke an emotional response
Brahms's 'Requiem' gets me every time
- apprehend and reproduce accurately (syn: catch)
- earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher (syn: draw)
- overcome or destroy
- be a mystery or bewildering to (syn: amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex)
- take the first step or steps in carrying out an action (syn: begin, commence, get down, set about, set out, start, start out)
Let's get down to work now
- undergo (as of injuries and illnesses) (syn: have, suffer, sustain)
- make (offspring) by reproduction (syn: beget, bring forth, engender, father, generate, mother, sire)

Extra examples

He got a new bicycle for his birthday.

I never did get an answer to my question.

I got a letter from my lawyer.

She got a phone call from her sister.

Did you get my message?

You need to get your mother's permission to go.

She hasn't been able to get a job.

If you want to be successful you need to get a good education.

It took us a while to get the waiter's attention.

It took us a while to get a taxi.

He got a bicycle for his birthday.

She got nothing but trouble for her efforts.

He got this book at the library.

Get me a pillow.

Help me to get the washing in, it's raining.

Phrasal verbs

get about  — move around; move from place to place
get across  — communicate successfully
get ahead  — obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
get along  — proceed or get along
get around  — be released or become known; of news

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Word forms

I/you/we/they: get
he/she/it: gets
present participle: getting
past tense: got
past participle: got
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