- 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 [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 [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? bring
- 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. punishment
- 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. broadcasts
- 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. buy
- 7[transitive, no passive] get something to buy something, for example a newspaper or magazine, regularly synonym take Which newspaper do you get? mark/grade
- 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. illness
- 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 contact
- 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. state/condition
- 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.
- 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. make/persuade
- 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! get something done
- 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. start
- 15 [transitive] get doing something to start doing something I got talking to her. We need to get going soon. opportunity
- 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. arrive
- 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. move/travel
- 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.
- 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 meal
- 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. telephone/door
- 21[transitive] get something (informal) to answer the telephone or a door when somebody calls, knocks, etc. Will you get the phone? catch/hit
- 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!
- 23[transitive] get somebody + adv./prep. to hit or wound somebody The bullet got him in the neck. understand
- 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 happen/exist
- 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. confuse/annoy
- 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)
- 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. Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse geta
- 1(of a person) to be becoming old
- 2(of time) to be becoming late The time's getting on—we ought to be going.
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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//Train and bus travel, Being ill
(informal) to be punished or spoken to angrily about something (slang, especially North American English) to have sex with somebody (slang) (of a man) to have an erection 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. 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. (informal) used to express surprise or disapproval that somebody has been so selfish, etc.
you have to admit that something unpleasant is true (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? (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