Definition of get
1 a : to gain possession of b : to receive as a return : earn <he got a bad reputation for carelessness>
2 a : to obtain by concession or entreaty <get your mother's permission to go> b : to become affected by (a disease or bodily condition) : catch <got measles from his sister>
3 a : to seek out and obtain <hoped to get dinner at the inn> b : to obtain and bring where wanted or needed <get a pencil from the desk>
4 : beget
5 a : to cause to come or go <quickly got his luggage through customs> b : to cause to move <get it out of the house> c : to cause to be in a certain position or condition <got his feet wet> d : to make ready : prepare <get breakfast>
6 a : to be subjected to <got a bad fall> b : to receive by way of punishment c : to suffer a specified injury to <got my nose broken>
7 a : to achieve as a result of military activity b : to obtain or receive by way of benefit or advantage <he got little for his trouble> <get the better of an enemy>
8 a : seize b : overcome c : to have an emotional effect on <the final scene always gets me> d : irritate <the delays were starting to get her> e : puzzle f : to take vengeance on; specifically : kill g : hit
Usage Discussion of get
The pronunciation \ˈgit\ has been noted as a feature of some British and American dialects since the 16th century. In the phonetic spelling of his own speech Benjamin Franklin records git. However, since at least 1687 some grammarians and teachers have disapproved this pronunciation. It nonetheless remains in widespread and unpredictable use in many dialects, often, but not exclusively, when get is a passive auxiliary (as in get married) or an imperative (as in get up!).
Examples of get in a sentence
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.
Origin of get
Middle English, from Old Norse geta to get, beget; akin to Old English bigietan to beget, Latin prehendere to seize, grasp, Greek chandanein to hold, contain
First Known Use: 13th century
First Known Use of get
Origin of get
Late Hebrew gēṭ
First Known Use: 1892
GET Defined for Kids
Definition of get for Students
got \ˈgät\got or gotten \ˈgä-tən\getting \ˈge-tiŋ\
1 : to gain possession of (as by receiving, earning, buying, or winning) <Everyone gets a present.> <I got new clothes.>
2 : to obtain by request or as a favor <Did you get permission?>
3 : to come to have <I got a good night's sleep.>
4 : 1catch 5 <He got pneumonia.>
5 : arrive 1 <We got home early.>
7 : become 1 <Don't get angry.> <It's getting warmer.>
8 : to cause to be <I got my feet wet.>
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