get·​up | \ ˈget-ˌəp \

Definition of getup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : general composition or structure

get up


Definition of get up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to arise from bed
b : to rise to one's feet
c : climb, ascend
2 : to go ahead or faster used in the imperative as a command especially to driven animals

transitive verb

1 : to make preparations for : organize got up a party for the newcomers
2 : to arrange as to external appearance : dress
3 : to acquire a knowledge of
4 : to create in oneself cannot get up the courage to tell them

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Synonyms & Antonyms for getup

Synonyms: Noun

costume, drag, dress, garb, guise, outfit, togs

Synonyms: Verb

arise, rise, roll out, turn out, uprise

Antonyms: Verb

bed (down), retire, turn in

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Examples of getup in a Sentence


He came onstage in a cowboy getup. a guy in a crazy getup


you need to get right up when the alarm goes off in the morning all got up in her Sunday best
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Off-screen, Keaton has maintained her own distinctive look as well, often favoring classic white and black getups that are worn with her signature bolo hats. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Diane Keaton Proves She’s Still the Boss With One Kitschy Hat," 27 Dec. 2018 Her annual Halloween bash has been happening for 17 years and counting now, and each year Klum attempts to create a getup even more over-the-top and jaw-dropping than the last. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "All of Heidi Klum's Halloween Costumes Over the Years," 26 Sep. 2018 Over the past few weeks, the social media star shared photos wearing the same getup. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Internet Turned Kim Kardashian's Latest Underwear Instagram Into a Meme," 8 Aug. 2018 First, Bella Hadid wore the puffer-and-heel getup in January in Paris. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Most Unlikely Winter Pairing Is a Puffer and Heeled Boots," 28 Dec. 2018 Aquaman’s traditional getup may be the lamest in the DC Comics pantheon. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "I Want to Be Aquaman When I Grow Up . . .," 13 Dec. 2018 Among the filmmaking aspects that will stick with you: Swinton does double-duty in an almost unrecognizable getup as the studio’s main external adversary, an elderly detective named Josef looking into the recent disappearance of a young dancer. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Suspiria and Border offer two very different tales of otherworldly creatures," 26 Oct. 2018 Perhaps that sparkly red getup will make it in there? Sarah Grace Hart, Teen Vogue, ""Dynasty" Star Elizabeth Gillies Strutting in a Red Dress Becomes Viral Meme," 5 Oct. 2018 Miss America is also booting the evening gown segment of the competition, and from now on will allow contestants to wear any getup that makes them feel confident. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Miss America Is Ditching Its Swimsuit Competition," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sky & Telescope advises that those who have trouble getting up early venture out Thursday evening after the moon has set, around 10:30 p.m. across the U.S. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How to Watch the December 2018 Geminid Meteor Shower," 10 Dec. 2018 BedJet heats and cools automatically, making falling asleep and getting up easier. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This Bed-Heating Fan Will Replace Your Thermostat, And It's On Sale Right Now," 7 Dec. 2018 Keeping to a regular schedule is important to your pet—going on walks at the normal time, getting up and going to sleep as usual, eating at the regular time. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Sure Your Pets Have a Happy Holiday Too," 12 Nov. 2018 The annual Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center Earth Day event, held this year on April 28, offered a unique opportunity for visitors to get up close and personal and learn much about some of the most majestic birds on earth. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "Horizon Wings Celebrates Earth Day," 8 May 2018 The two had gotten up to hiking trails on top of the cliff after the teen fell. Bill Leukhardt,, "Teen Hurt In Cliff Fall At Ragged Mountain In Berlin," 22 June 2018 The stylish and powerful Stinger is very easy and fun to drive, easy to maneuver in tight spots, secure and stable in turns, gets up to speed effortlessly with only a slight delay from a standstill. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Kia’s all-new 2018 Stinger sport sedan offers premium features, performance | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 Lewis Bay still got up for third as the top finishers drew apart from one another in the final furlong, finishing three lengths behind Ivy Bell. Bill Cain, The Courier-Journal, "American Gal scores stakes win in Humana Distaff before Kentucky Derby 2018," 5 May 2018 Saarinen, who was just getting up, began talking in his slow, deliberate voice at Roche, who had been up all night with his cousin and slowly drifted off into sleep. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of getup


1842, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of getup

: an unusual outfit or costume


get·​up | \ ˈget-ˌəp \

Kids Definition of getup

: outfit entry 1 sense 1, costume We dressed in cowboy getups.

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