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Definition of get up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

get up

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  1. 1to stand up after sitting, lying, etc. synonym rise The class got up when the teacher came in. Thesaurusstandget up stand up rise get to your feet be on your feetThese words all mean to be in an upright position with your weight on your feet, or to put yourself in this position.stand to be in an upright position with your weight on your feet:She was too weak to stand. Stand still while the x-ray is being taken. Stand is usually used with an adverb or prepositional phrase to show where or how someone stands, but sometimes another phrase or clause is used to show what someone does while they are standing:We stood talking for a few minutes. He stood and gazed out the window.get up to get into a standing position from a sitting, kneeling, or lying position:Please don't get up!stand up to be in a standing position; to stand after sitting:Stand up straight! Everyone stood up when the teacher entered the classroom.stand, get up, or stand up?Stand usually means “to be in a standing position” but can also mean “to get into a standing position”. Stand up can be used with either of these meanings, but its use is more restricted: it is used especially when someone tells someone or a group of people to stand. Get up is the most frequent way of saying “get into a standing position”, and this can be from a sitting, kneeling, or lying position; if you stand up, this is nearly always after sitting, especially on a chair. If you want to tell someone politely that they do not need to move from their chair, use get up:Please don't stand up!rise (formal) to get into a standing position from a sitting, kneeling, or lying position:Would you all rise, please, to sing the national anthem.get to your feet to stand up after sitting, kneeling, or lying:I helped her to get to her feet.be on your feet to be standing up:I've been on my feet all day.
  2. 2if the ocean or wind gets up, it increases in strength and becomes violent

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get somebody up

 
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to get out of bed; to make someone get out of bed He always gets up early. Could you get me up at 6:30 tomorrow?