get·​ter | \ˈge-tər \

Definition of getter 

1 : one that gets

2 : a substance introduced into a vacuum tube or electric lamp to remove traces of gas

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Villaraigosa is furiously trying to secure a spot in the state’s unusual primary on Tuesday, in which the top two vote-getters of any party face each other in November. Washington Post, "In key governor’s races, Democrats split on education," 3 June 2018 But California’s primary system, in which the top two vote-getters face off in the general election, regardless of party, has Democratic leaders concerned, Hoyer said. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Dems fear GOP wins in California because of state's primary system, Hoyer says: report," 28 Apr. 2018 If no candidate garners a majority, the top two overall vote-getters will face off in a runoff later in November. Jonathan Martin And Alan Blinder, New York Times, "Mississippi Governor Defies White House With His G.O.P. Appointee to Senate," 20 Mar. 2018 In other words, the top three vote-getters will each be elected to six-year terms. Kevin Richert, idahostatesman, "AJ Balukoff won’t seek re-election to Boise school board," 25 June 2018 Though the second-biggest vote getter in the election was the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), Mrs. Merkel hasn’t produced a compelling plan to grapple with the migrant crisis. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Merkel on the Edge," 18 June 2018 Salvini's League was the biggest vote-getter in a center-right coalition that together clinched 37 percent. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Resume of professor picked to be Italy's premier scrutinized," 22 May 2018 But with Berlusconi ineligible to seek a fourth stint as premier, right-leaning voters made the League the center-right’s biggest vote getter. Frances D'emilio, The Seattle Times, "Court rules Italy’s Berlusconi can run for office again," 12 May 2018 The biggest vote-getter was Iván Duque, who will be the candidate of a coalition that opposed the peace agreement in a referendum in 2016. The Economist, "The contenders to succeed Colombia’s peacemaking president," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of getter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: someone or something that receives, gets, or is given something

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