verb \ˈget, ÷ˈgit\

Definition of get


play \ˈgät\;




play \ˈgä-tən\;


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to gain possession of <got a new bicycle>b :  to receive as a return :  earn <he got a bad reputation for carelessness>

  3. 2a :  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>

  4. 3a :  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>

  5. 4 :  beget

  6. 5a :  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>

  7. 6a :  to be subjected to <got a bad fall>b :  to receive by way of punishmentc :  to suffer a specified injury to <got my nose broken>

  8. 7a :  to achieve as a result of military activityb :  to obtain or receive by way of benefit or advantage <he got little for his trouble> <get the better of an enemy>

  9. 8a :  seize <The dog got the thief by the leg.>b :  overcome <Such practices will surely get you in the end.>c :  to have an emotional effect on <the final scene always gets me>d :  irritate <the delays were starting to get her>e :  puzzle <This problem really gets me.>f :  to take vengeance on; specifically :  killg :  hit

  10. 9 :  to prevail on :  cause <finally got them to tidy up their room>

  11. 10a :  have —used in the present perfect tense form with present meaning <I've got no money>b :  to have as an obligation or necessity —used in the present perfect tense form with present meaning <you have got to come>

  12. 11a :  to find out by calculation <get the answer to a problem>b :  memorize <got the verse by heart>c :  hear <Sorry, but I didn't get your name.>d :  understand <he got the joke>

  13. 12 :  to establish communication with

  14. 13 :  to put out in baseball

  15. 14 :  deliver 6b <the car gets 20 miles to the gallon>

  16. intransitive verb
  17. 1a :  to succeed in coming or going :  to bring or move oneself <get away to the country> <got into the car>b :  to reach or enter into a certain condition <got to sleep after midnight>c :  to make progress <hasn't gotten far with the essay>

  18. 2 :  to acquire wealth

  19. 3a :  to be able <never got to go to college>b :  to come to be —often used with following present participle <got talking about old times>

  20. 4a :  to succeed in becoming :  become <how to get clear of all the debts I owe — William Shakespeare>b :  to become involved <people who get into trouble with the law>

  21. 5 :  to leave immediately <told them to get>

  22. auxiliary verb
  23. —used with the past participle of transitive verbs as a passive voice auxiliary <they got caught in the act>

get after

  1. :  to pursue with exhortation, reprimand, or attack <The coach really got after the players at halftime.>

get ahead

  1. :  to achieve success <determined to get ahead in life>

get a life

  1. :  to stop wasting time on trivial or hopeless matters

get a move on

  1. :  hurry

get at

  1. 1 :  to reach effectively <The valve is hard to get at unless you have a special tool.>

  2. 2 :  to influence corruptly :  bribe

  3. 3 :  to turn one's attention to <The committee finally got at the main issue.>

  4. 4 :  to try to prove or make clear <what is he getting at>

get away with

  1. :  to avoid criticism or punishment for or the consequences of (as a reprehensible act)

get cracking

  1. :  to make a start :  get going <ought to get cracking on that assignment>

get even

  1. :  to get revenge

get even with

  1. :  to repay in kind

get going

  1. :  to make a start <time to get going on that assignment>

get into

  1. :  to become strongly involved with or deeply interested in <got into gymnastics at an early age>

get it

  1. :  to receive a scolding or punishment

get it on

  1. 1 :  to become enthusiastic, energetic, or excited

  2. 2 :  to engage in sexual intercourse

get on

  1. 1 :  to produce an unfortunate effect on :  upset <the noise got on my nerves>

  2. 2 :  to criticize insistently <the fans got on him for losing the game>

get one's act together

  1. 1 :  to put one's life, thoughts, or emotions in order :  cease to be confused or misdirected

  2. 2 :  to begin to function in a skillful or efficient manner <the company finally got its act together>

get one's goat

  1. :  to make one angry or annoyed

get over

  1. 1a :  overcome, surmount <get over your fear of being lied to>b :  to recover from <still trying to get over a bad cold>c :  to reconcile oneself to :  become accustomed to <was very disappointed, but he'll get over it>

  2. 2 :  to move or travel across

get real

  1. :  to stop deceiving oneself or fooling around :  face reality

get religion

  1. 1 :  to undergo religious conversion

  2. 2 :  to turn to or adopt an enlightened course of action or point of view

get somewhere

  1. :  to be successful <After a difficult start we're finally getting somewhere.>

get there

  1. :  to be successful

get through

  1. :  to reach the end of :  complete <got through the ordeal unhurt>

get to

  1. 1a :  begin <gets to worrying over nothing at all>b :  to be ready to begin or deal with <I'll get to the accounts as soon as I can>

  2. 2 :  to have an effect on: such asa :  influenceb :  bother <All these delays are starting to get to me.>

get together

  1. 1 :  to bring together :  accumulate

  2. 2 :  to come together :  assemble, meet <often gets together with his friends after work>

  3. 3 :  to reach agreement <were unable to get together on the new contract>

get wind of

  1. :  to become aware of <got wind of our plans for the party>

get with it

  1. :  to become alert or aware :  show sophisticated consciousness

How do you pronounce 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

  1. He got a new bicycle for his birthday.

  2. I never did get an answer to my question.

  3. I got a letter from my lawyer.

  4. She got a phone call from her sister.

  5. Did you get my message?

  6. You need to get your mother's permission to go.

  7. She hasn't been able to get a job.

  8. If you want to be successful you need to get a good education.

  9. It took us a while to get the waiter's attention.

  10. It took us a while to get a taxi.

Origin and Etymology 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



noun \ˈget\

Definition of get

  1. 1a :  something begotten: (1) :  offspring (2) :  the entire progeny of a male animalb :  lineage

  2. 2 :  a return of a difficult shot in a game (as tennis)

Origin and Etymology of get

see 1get

First Known Use: 14th century



noun \ˈget\

Definition of get



play \gē-ˈtēn, ˈgi-tin\
  1. 1 :  a document of release from obligation in Jewish law; specifically :  a bill of divorce

  2. 2 :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

Origin and Etymology of get

Late Hebrew gēṭ

First Known Use: 1843

GET Defined for Kids


verb \ˈget\

Definition of get for Students








  1. 1 :  to gain possession of (as by receiving, earning, buying, or winning) <Everyone gets a present.> <I got new clothes.>

  2. 2 :  to obtain by request or as a favor <Did you get permission?>

  3. 3 :  to come to have <I got a good night's sleep.>

  4. 4 :  1catch 5 <He got pneumonia.>

  5. 5 :  arrive 1 <We got home early.>

  6. 6 :  go 1, move <Get out!> <She gets about on crutches.>

  7. 7 :  become 1 <Don't get angry.> <It's getting warmer.>

  8. 8 :  to cause to be <I got my feet wet.>

  9. 9 :  prepare 2 <You relax while I get dinner.>

  10. 10 :  irritate 1 <Don't let his teasing get to you.>

  11. 11 :  1hit 1 <The snowball got him on the head.>

  12. 12 :  to find out by calculation <Did you get the answer yet?>

  13. 13 :  to hear correctly <Sorry, I didn't get your name.>

  14. 14 :  understand 1 <Oh, now I get it.>

  15. 15 :  persuade <We got them to lower the price.>

get ahead

  1. :  to achieve success (as in business)

get along

  1. 1 :  to approach old age <She's getting along in years.>

  2. 2 :  to stay friendly <The boys got along well.>

  3. 3 :  to manage with little <They get along on a small income.>

get around

  1. 1 :  to become known by many people <The rumor quickly got around.>

  2. 2 :  to avoid having to deal with <He found a way to get around the rules.>

  3. 3 :  to do or give attention to eventually <I'll get around to it.>

get at

  1. 1 :  to reach with or as if with the hand <I can't get at the switch.>

  2. 2 :  to deal with <There's lots to do so let's get at it.>

  3. 3 :  to say or suggest in an indirect way <Just what are you getting at?>

get away

  1. :  to avoid being caught <The robber got away.>

get away with

  1. :  to not be punished for <You won't get away with lying.>

get back at

  1. :  to get revenge on <I'll get back at him for what he did.>

get by

  1. 1 :  to manage with little <We can get by with what we have.>

  2. 2 :  to do well enough to avoid failure <I'm just getting by in this class.>

get even

  1. :  to get revenge <Are you going to forgive her, or get even?>

get into

  1. :  to become deeply interested in <She's really gotten into music.>

get it

  1. :  to receive punishment <You're going to get it when Mom gets home.>

get off

  1. 1 :  to start out on a journey <They got off on their trip.>

  2. 2 :  to escape punishment or harm <He got off with just a warning.>

get on

  1. 1 :  to approach old age <My grandparents are getting on.>

  2. 2 :  to start or continue doing <Come on, let's get on with it.>

  3. 3 :  to stay friendly <The neighbors all got on fine.>

get out

  1. 1 :  1escape 1 <Everyone got out alive.>

  2. 2 :  to become known <The secret got out.>

get over

  1. 1 :  to stop feeling unhappy about <She's disappointed, but she'll get over it.>

  2. 2 :  to recover from <I finally got over my cold.>

get up

  1. 1 :  to arise from bed

  2. 2 :  1stand 1

  3. 3 :  to find the ability <I couldn't get up the nerve to speak.>

get wind of

  1. :  to become aware of :  hear about <I got wind of their little scheme.>

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb \(ˈ)get\

Medical Definition of get


\(ˈ)gät\play ;




\ˈgät-ən\play ;


  1. :  to catch or become affected by (a disease or bodily condition) <got measles from his brother> <got her period>

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