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

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

The twinning holiday getups are bound to be next level, of course. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Diana Ross and Her Family Take Holiday Style to Diva-Worthy New Heights," 23 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

So that’s really good at naturally giving color and flush to the skin, getting up antioxidants, helping with lymphatic drainage, helping to improve your sleep patterns. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Does a Pre-Oscars Facial Really Entail?," 23 Feb. 2019 The best way to please a crowd is to get up there and belt it out, right, but not everybody’s a belter! Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Shania Twain Opens Up About the Tragedy That Drove Her to Succeed," 13 Nov. 2018 Reporting from the tour, Omid Scobie revealed on Twitter that Prince Harry got up to speak after Meghan had given her first royal tour speech, which was incredibly inspiring and focused on the importance of education and female empowerment. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, Prince Harry Knows That Meghan Markle Is Awesome, & That's Probably Why He Married Her, TBH," 24 Oct. 2018 The Mailster: 1957 to 1967 The Westcoaster Mailster was a three-wheeled vehicle that got up to 35 mph, boasted 7.5 hp, and allowed each delivery person to haul an unprecedented 500 pounds of mail. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Every Monday, Nicole Baker gets up at around 5:45 a.m. to start her day. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "How This Rockette and Mother of Four Gets It Done," 20 Dec. 2018 While the stage is being dismantled between acts, Kelly films Instagram stories, gets up to talk with pal Blake, and dances in front of J-Hud’s chair. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "'The Voice' Behind-the-Scenes Secrets That No One Ever Knew," 15 Dec. 2018 With the setup of the 1.47-mile, 14-turn course, what kind of speeds can these cars get up to during the race? Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "6 things to know about Formula E's championship race in New York," 13 July 2018 Nonprofits, including churches and schools, can get up to $75,000. Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "This new solar panel program lets residents, businesses save thousands of dollars," 10 July 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

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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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