get around

verb

got around; got around or gotten around; getting around; gets around

transitive verb

1
2
: to get the better of

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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

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
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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of get around was in 1798

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“Get around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/get%20around. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

get around

verb
1
: evade
2
: to do or deal with (something not yet done or dealt with)
will get around to it
3
: to go from place to place
4
: to become known
word got around

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