get·​up | \ ˈget-ˌəp How to pronounce getup (audio) \

Definition of getup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : general composition or structure

get up

got up; got up or gotten up; getting up; gets 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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of getup in a Sentence

Noun He came onstage in a cowboy getup. a guy in a crazy getup Verb 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 Thankfully, no one recognized her beneath the getup. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 27 May 2021 Prepare to turn heads in this getup from luxe French swimwear label Madamme BK Paris. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 May 2021 Nakano looked too adorable in her Easter getup: a yellow onesie with a white bunny and black flower print on the front, complete with a pink headband atop her dark hair. Georgia Slater,, 26 May 2021 The weeks leading up to a festive costume party can be surprisingly stressful to some — especially those who waited until the last minute to pick out their getup for the upcoming festivities. Tim Kohut, BGR, 18 May 2021 This might sound silly, but hear me out: For those must-take getting ready photos, my getup felt incomplete. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 27 Apr. 2021 Armed with a preternatural beauty and sense of herself, Symone continued to raise the bar on the runway (the du-rag train, the boxer getup, the beads) and prove her talents as a performer in the commercial and acting challenges. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 26 Apr. 2021 The limited-edition figurines don a different getup for each tournament. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 9 Apr. 2021 At one point, Gloria Steinem spotted Saint Phalle walking down Fifty-seventh Street, purseless and in a cowboy getup. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Lions traded with Cleveland to get up to the No. 113 pick, on spot after Detroit took USC wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2021 Each program is set to get up to $14.65 billion over five years under the bill. Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2021 Sign up to receive ProPublica's biggest stories as soon as they’re published, and sign up for The Brief Weekly to get up to speed on essential coverage of Texas issues. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2021 His ability to get up the court with blazing speed, even after Portland made baskets, hurt the Blazers during their two losses. oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2021 Spread across 23 lush, immaculate acres, Hershey Gardens is a must for gardening and horticulture enthusiasts, while visitors can get up close and personal with over 200 animals at ZooAmerica. Katie Chang, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Starting May 28, city residents can apply to get up to three months back and forward rent for a total of six months. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 In Chavez Segovia’s first job, the doña of the wealthy household sometimes required the girls to clean until 3 a.m., and then get up at 5 a.m. to get her children ready for school. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 With Classic already welcoming a massive injection of winsome veterans, and a level-boost option available for newbies to quickly get up to the new content, now is the best time to jump into Classic since its initial release. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 29 May 2021

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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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22 Jun 2021

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“Getup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of getup

informal : an unusual outfit or costume


get·​up | \ ˈget-ˌəp How to pronounce getup (audio) \

Kids Definition of getup

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

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