get across


got across; got across or gotten across; getting across; gets across

intransitive verb

: to become clear or convincing

transitive verb

: to make clear or convincing
we couldn't get our point across

Examples of get across in a Sentence

what I'm trying to get across is that there simply is no money for the project
Recent Examples on the Web What Chisholm gets across with both words and illustrations is deeply musical, and at the same time deeply personal. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 7 Nov. 2023 Satellite images from Planet Labs also show the before-and-after view where the wall was blown up to get across at the checkpoint. Victoria Beaule, ABC News, 12 Oct. 2023 In Los Angeles, advocacy groups have pushed to hold pedestrian-friendly events to get across to the public the need to walk more and drive less, as well as advocating for lowering speed limits on some streets and other measures to improve safety. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 But his compatriot got across, landing in a field of thistles north of Kiryat Shemona in Israel, Time reported. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2023 Marketers attempt to simplify this overload by using buzzwords that sound good but may not get across much nuance. Spencer M. Ross, The Conversation, 29 Sep. 2023 One man even contrived somehow to get across while still in iron fetters. Adam Goodheart, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Sep. 2023 The resolution was largely symbolic, but the message was exactly the one that Mr. Kahle had been trying to get across without much success, particularly in court. David Streitfeld, New York Times, 13 Aug. 2023 Most of all, Hendriks was glad to get across his message while receiving the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 15 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of get across was in 1911

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Cite this Entry

“Get across.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

get across

: to make or become clear
got the point across

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