get around


Definition of get around

transitive verb

2 : to get the better of

intransitive verb

1a : to find or take the necessary time or effort used with to
b : to give attention or consideration used with to
2 : to go from place to place
3 : to become known or current word got around that he was resigning

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of get around in a Sentence

somehow, an inexperienced lawyer managed to get around the media giant's stable of high-priced legal eagles somehow she managed to get around the rules for paying the sales tax on a car bought out of state

Recent Examples on the Web

In response, Russia is drumming up a whole host of new nuclear weapons to get around a missile shield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Tests Yet Another Hypersonic Weapon," 27 Dec. 2018 To get around the problem, Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971. Rebecca Nagle, Teen Vogue, "The Violence Against Women Act Doesn't Include the Majority of Alaska Native Women," 29 Nov. 2018 Trump has been getting around by helicopter to avoid the protests in central London. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin,, "Explosive Trump tabloid interview adds to chaos on 1st British visit," 13 July 2018 Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and some downtown business leaders say the streetcar is an economic tool that will boost housing and business by allowing people to get around without cars and avoid parking costs. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Sacramento asked Trump for $100 million for streetcar. It's still waiting.," 24 June 2018 As Uber and Lyft take a bite out of the taxi industry, seniors without smartphones are having a hard time getting around. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Uber and Lyft are making it harder for Arizona seniors to get around," 12 June 2018 Other representatives said city leaders should allow as many options as possible that let Angelenos get around without driving. Laura J. Nelson,, "L.A. starts debating rules for electric scooters and bike-share companies," 24 May 2018 The eight-month study, which tested the technology at the university’s underground tunnel system used by students to get around during winter months, found that ultra-wideband could measure distance precisely within about four inches. Emma G. Fitzsimmons, New York Times, "M.T.A. Pins Its Hopes on Unproven Technology to Fix Subway," 23 Apr. 2018 Being fluent in Japanese allowed me to get around easily and work there. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "He speaks Japanese and lived in Saudi Arabia. Now he’s helping to shape Brickell. | Miami Herald," 2 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'get around.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of get around

1798, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about get around

Statistics for get around

Last Updated

12 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for get around

The first known use of get around was in 1798

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on get around

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with get around

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for get around

Nglish: Translation of get around for Spanish Speakers

Comments on get around

What made you want to look up get around? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an enemy or opponent

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!