Definition of get verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡet//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡet//
    In spoken North American English the past participle gotten /ɡɑːtn/ is almost always used.Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they get
    BrE BrE//ɡet//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡet//
    he / she / it gets
    BrE BrE//ɡets//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡets//
    past simple got
    BrE BrE//ɡɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡɑːt//
    past participle got
    BrE BrE//ɡɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡɑːt//
    -ing form getting
    BrE BrE//ˈɡetɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡetɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [transitive, no passive] get something to receive something I got a letter from Dave this morning. What (= What presents) did you get for your birthday? He gets (= earns) about $40 000 a year. This room gets very little sunshine. I got a shock when I saw the bill. I get the impression that he is bored with his job.
  2. 2  [transitive, no passive] to obtain something get something Where did you get (= buy) that skirt? Did you manage to get tickets for the concert? She opened the door wider to get a better look. Try to get some sleep. He has just got a new job. get something for somebody Did you get a present for your mother? get somebody/yourself something Did you get your mother a present? Why don't you get yourself a car? $100 will get you the basic model. You can get the basic model for $100.
  3. 3  [transitive, no passive] get something (for something) to obtain or receive an amount of money by selling something How much did you get for your car?
  4. bring
  5. 4  [transitive] to go to a place and bring somebody/something back synonym fetch get somebody/something Quick—go and get a cloth! Somebody get a doctor! I have to go and get my mother from the airport (= collect her). get something for somebody Get a drink for John. get somebody/yourself something Get John a drink.
  6. punishment
  7. 5[transitive, no passive] get something to receive something as a punishment He got ten years (= was sent to prison for ten years) for armed robbery.
  8. broadcasts
  9. 6[transitive, no passive] get something to receive broadcasts from a particular television or radio station We can't get Channel 5 in our area.
  10. buy
  11. 7[transitive, no passive] get something to buy something, for example a newspaper or magazine, regularly synonym take Which newspaper do you get?
  12. mark/grade
  13. 8  [transitive, no passive] get something to achieve or be given a particular mark/grade in an exam He got a ‘C’ in Chemistry and a ‘B’ in English.
  14. illness
  15. 9  [transitive, no passive] get something to become infected with an illness; to suffer from a pain, etc. I got this cold off (= from) you! She gets (= often suffers from) really bad headaches. See related entries: Being ill
  16. contact
  17. 10[transitive, no passive] get somebody to be connected with somebody by telephone I wanted to speak to the manager but I got his secretary instead.
  18. state/condition
  19. 11  linking verb to reach a particular state or condition; to make somebody/something/yourself reach a particular state or condition + adj. to get angry/bored/hungry/fat You'll soon get used to the climate here. We ought to go; it's getting late. to get dressed/undressed (= to put your clothes on/take your clothes off) They plan to get married in the summer. She's upstairs getting ready. I wouldn't go there alone; you might get (= be) mugged. My car got (= was) stolen at the weekend. get somebody/something + adj. Don't get your dress dirty! He got his fingers caught in the door. She soon got the children ready for school. Which Word?become / get / go / turnThese verbs are used frequently with the following adjectives: become involved/​clear/​accustomed/​pregnant/​extinct/​famous/​ill get used to/​better/​worse/​pregnant/​tired/​angry/​dark go wrong/​right/​bad/​white/​crazy/​bald/​blind turn blue/​sour/​bad/​red/​cold Become is more formal than get. Both describe changes in people’s emotional or physical state, or natural or social changes. Go is usually used for negative changes. Go and turn are both used for changes of colour. Turn is also used for changes in the weather.
  20. 12  [intransitive] get to do something to reach the point at which you feel, know, are, etc. something After a time you get to realize that these things don't matter. You'll like her once you get to know her. His drinking is getting to be a problem. She's getting to be an old lady now.
  21. make/persuade
  22. 13  [transitive] to make, persuade, etc. somebody/something to do something get somebody/something to do something I couldn't get the car to start this morning. He got his sister to help him with his homework. You'll never get him to understand. get somebody/something doing something Can you really get that old car going again? It's not hard to get him talking—the problem is stopping him!
  23. get something done
  24. 14  [transitive] get something done to cause something to happen or be done I must get my hair cut. I'll never get all this work finished.
  25. start
  26. 15 [transitive] get doing something to start doing something I got talking to her. We need to get going soon.
  27. opportunity
  28. 16[intransitive] get to do something (informal) to have the opportunity to do something He got to try out all the new software. It's not fair—I never get to go first.
  29. arrive
  30. 17  [intransitive] + adv./prep. to arrive at or reach a place or point We got to San Diego at 7 o'clock. You got in very late last night. What time did you get here? I haven't got very far with the book I'm reading.
  31. move/travel
  32. 18  [intransitive, transitive] to move to or from a particular place or in a particular direction, sometimes with difficulty; to make somebody/something do this + adv./prep. The bridge was destroyed so we couldn't get across the river. She got into bed. He got down from the ladder. We didn't get (= go) to bed until 3 a.m. Where do we get on the bus? I'm getting off (= leaving the train) at the next station. Where have they got to (= where are they)? We must be getting home; it's past midnight. get somebody/something + adv./prep. The general had to get his troops across the river. We couldn't get the piano through the door. We'd better call a taxi and get you home. I can't get the lid off.
  33. 19  [transitive, no passive] get something to use a bus, taxi, plane, etc. We're going to be late—let's get a taxi. I usually get the bus to work. See related entries: Train and bus travel
  34. meal
  35. 20[transitive] (especially British English) to prepare a meal get something Who's getting the lunch? get something for somebody/yourself I must go home and get tea for the kids. get somebody/yourself something I must go home and get the kids their tea.
  36. telephone/door
  37. 21[transitive] get something (informal) to answer the telephone or a door when somebody calls, knocks, etc. Will you get the phone?
  38. catch/hit
  39. 22[transitive] get somebody to catch or take hold of somebody, especially in order to harm or punish them He was on the run for a week before the police got him. to get somebody by the arm/wrist/throat She fell overboard and the sharks got her. He thinks everybody is out to get him (= trying to harm him). (informal) I'll get you for that!
  40. 23[transitive] get somebody + adv./prep. to hit or wound somebody The bullet got him in the neck.
  41. understand
  42. 24[transitive, no passive] get somebody/something (informal) to understand somebody/something I don't get you. She didn't get the joke. I don't get it—why would she do a thing like that? I get the message—you don't want me to come. Synonymsunderstandsee get follow grasp comprehendThese words all mean to know or realize something, for example why something happens, how something works or what something means.understand to know or realize the meaning of words, a language, what somebody says, etc; to know or realize how or why something happens, how it works or why it is important:I don’t understand the instructions. Doctors still don’t understand much about the disease.see to understand what is happening, what somebody is saying, how something works or how important something is:‘It opens like this.’ ‘Oh, I see.’ Oh yes, I see what you mean.get (informal) to understand a joke, what somebody is trying to tell you, or a situation that they are trying to describe:She didn’t get the joke. I don’t get you.follow to understand an explanation, a story or the meaning of something:Sorry—I don’t quite follow. The plot is almost impossible to follow.grasp to come to understand a fact, an idea or how to do something:They failed to grasp the importance of his words.understand or grasp?You can use understand or grasp for the action of realizing the meaning or importance of something for the first time:It’s a difficult concept for children to understand/​grasp. Only understand can be used to talk about languages, words or writing:I don’t grasp French/​the instructions.comprehend (often used in negative statements) (formal) to understand a fact, idea or reason:The concept of infinity is almost impossible for the human mind to comprehend.Patterns to understand/​see/​get/​follow/​grasp/​comprehend what/​why/​how… to understand/​see/​grasp/​comprehend that… to understand/​see/​get/​grasp the point/​idea (of something) to be easy/​difficult/​hard to understand/​see/​follow/​grasp/​comprehend to fully understand/​see/​grasp/​comprehend something
  43. happen/exist
  44. 25[transitive, no passive] get something (informal) used to say that something happens or exists You get (= There are) all these kids hanging around in the street. They still get cases of typhoid there.
  45. confuse/annoy
  46. 26[transitive, no passive] get somebody (informal) to make somebody feel confused because they do not understand something synonym puzzle ‘What's the capital of Bhutan?’ ‘You've got me there!(= I don't know)
  47. 27[transitive, no passive] get somebody (informal) to annoy somebody What gets me is having to do the same thing all day long. Get is one of the most common words in English, but some people try to avoid it in formal writing. More Like This Verbs with two objects bet, bring, build, buy, cost, get, give, leave, lend, make, offer, owe, pass, pay, play, post, promise, read, refuse, sell, send, show, sing, take, teach, tell, throw, wish, writeSee worksheet.
  48. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Norse geta ‘obtain, beget, guess’; related to Old English gietan (in begietan ‘beget’, forgietan ‘forget’), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin praeda ‘booty, prey’, praehendere ‘get hold of, seize’, and Greek khandanein ‘hold, contain, be able’.Extra examples Don’t get your dress dirty! I became/​got hungry/​upset. I wouldn’t go there alone; you might get mugged. It took me a long time to get to know her properly. My car got stolen at the weekend. She’s getting to be an old lady now. She’s upstairs getting ready. We ought to go; it’s getting late. You’ll like her once you get to know her. You’ll soon get used to the climate here. to become/​get tired/​cold/​angry/​scared/​pregnant/​thin/​old/​better to get dressed/​married/​divorced/​killed/​mugged/​fired to get dressed/​undressed ‘I pretended that I hadn’t heard.’ ‘I get the picture.’ ‘Where did you buy/​get that skirt?’ ‘ Top Shop.’ ‘Where did you get that skirt?’ ‘ I bought it.’ Can I get you anything to eat or drink? Could you go upstairs and get my wallet for me, please? Get a train to Newport and then get a bus from the station. He gets about $40 000 a year. He got the next plane home. He somehow had to get his men over to the far side of the river. How can we get to the other side of town? I couldn’t get the lid off. I don’t get it —why would she do a thing like that? I don’t get you. I don’t know how he managed to get down from the roof. I finally got Michael to talk to them and he explained everything. I get the message —you don’t want me to come. I got back an hour ago. I got this cold off you! I have to go and get my mother from the airport. I ran all the way to the station and just managed to get my train. I think I’m getting a cold. I’ll try and get a flight home tomorrow. It takes an hour to get from Oxford to London. It’s not hard to get him talking—the problem is stopping him! Let me know when you get there. She didn’t get the joke. She gets really bad headaches. She got back into bed. She got great satisfaction from seeing his embarrassment. She went to get help. She’s gone to get a few more chairs. They couldn’t get the piano through the door. They got in very late last night. Wait till we get home. We didn’t get to bed till three in the morning. We got £220 000 for the house. We got to San Diego at 7 o’clock. We had trouble getting enough people to sign up. We must be getting home. We only got as far as the next town. We’d better call a taxi and get you home. We’re aiming to get to the party at about nine. We’re going to be late—let’s get a taxi. Where do I get the bus for the airport? Where have they got to? You can get the basic model for $100. You can get to the hotel by bus or taxi. You have to get off at the next stop. You sit down and relax. I’ll get supper. You won’t be able to get a plane there—there’s no airport.Idioms Most idioms containing get are at the entries for the nouns and adjectives in the idioms, for example get somebody’s goat is at goat. 
      be getting on (informal)
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    1. 1(of a person) to be becoming old
    2. 2(of time) to be becoming late The time's getting on—we ought to be going.
    (especially British English) to be nearly a particular time, age or number It must be getting on for midnight. He's getting on for eighty.
    can’t get over something
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    (informal) used to say that you are shocked, surprised, amused, etc. by something I can't get over how rude she was.
    (informal) to have a short holiday/vacation in a place where you can relax (informal) to make somebody angry, worried or excited
    get it (also catch hell) (both North American English) (British English catch it)
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    (informal) to be punished or spoken to angrily about something
    get it on (with somebody)
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    (slang, especially North American English) to have sex with somebody
    (slang) (of a man) to have an erection
    get somebody nowhere/not get somebody anywhere
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    to not help somebody make progress or succeed This line of investigation is getting us nowhere. Being rude to me won't get you anywhere.
    get somewhere/anywhere/nowhere
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    to make some progress/no progress After six months' work on the project, at last I feel I'm getting somewhere. I don't seem to be getting anywhere with this letter.
    to achieve your aim or complete a task I'm sure you'll get there in the end. It's not perfect but we're getting there (= making progress). (informal, especially North American English) used to say that you are going to tell somebody something that they will find surprising or interesting OK, get this guys—there are only two left! So get this—I did all the work and he got the money.
    how selfish, stupid, ungrateful, etc. can you get?
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    (informal) used to express surprise or disapproval that somebody has been so selfish, etc.
    there’s no getting away from something, you can’t get away from something
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    you have to admit that something unpleasant is true
    what are you, was he, etc. getting at?
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    (informal) used to ask, especially in an angry way, what somebody is/was suggesting I'm partly to blame? What exactly are you getting at?
    what has got into somebody?
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    (informal) used to say that somebody has suddenly started to behave in a strange or different way What's got into Alex? He never used to worry like that. I’m sorry for laughing like that—I don’t know what got into me.
    Phrasal Verbsget aboutget above yourselfget across (to somebody)get ahead (of somebody)get alongget aroundget at somebodyget at somebodyget at somethingget awayget away (from…)get awayget away with somethingget backget somethingbackget back (in)get back at somebodyget back to somebodyget back to somethingget back together (with somebody)get behind (with something)get byget downget somebody downget somethingdownget down to somethingget inget somebodyinget somethinginget in on somethingget into somethingget into somethingget in with somebodyget offget offget offget off somethingget something offget off (with something)get off (with something)get off on somethingget off with somebodyget onget on to somebodyget on to somethingget on with somebodyget on with somethingget outget somethingoutget out (of something)get out of somethingget something out of somebodyget something out of somebodyget over somethingget over somebodyget somethingover (to somebody)get something over (with)get over yourselfget round somebodyget round somethingget round to somethingget through somethingget through (something)get somebody through somethingget through (something)get through (to somebody)get through (to something)get through to somebodyget through with somethingget to somebodyget somebody togetherget together (with somebody)get upget upget somethingupget somebody up as somethingget up to something
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