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
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: 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 Calvin Coolidge went kitsch, donning a cowboy getup for a party celebrating the Fourth of July (and his 55th birthday) in Custer State Park, South Dakota, on July 4, 1927. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "July Fourth has fallen on some dark moments in American history," 6 July 2020 Joining them were Scherzinger and her fellow panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, and Ken Jeong, as well as host Nick Cannon, who probably maxed out the wardrobe budget with his glittery finale getup. Rachel Yang,, "The Masked Singer finale recap: Turtle, Frog, and Night Angel revealed, and winner is crowned," 21 May 2020 Last night, the singer stepped out in a flashy getup that matched her sparkly vessel perfectly. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Matched Her Robe to Her Bedazzled Cup," 5 Aug. 2019 Twitter users reacted strongly to the singer's getup. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Ellie Goulding Dallas Cowboys' halftime show: Fans are not fans of her 'lampshade' look," 29 Nov. 2019 After her taping, Stewart hit the streets in an entirely new suit getup: a timeless blue tweed Chanel skirt suit, complete with large cargo pockets. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Nobody Subverts the Suit Like Kristen Stewart," 6 Nov. 2019 The Heavenly Houdi from Houdini Sportswear is the perfect companion layer to any winter workout getup, featuring thin and lightweight construction from breathable polyester. Popular Science, "The best running gear for a cold-weather workout," 11 Mar. 2020 Needless to say, the getup caused quite a stir on social media. George Ramsay, CNN, "Grigor Dimitrov turns heads with bold tracksuit choice at the Australian Open," 20 Jan. 2020 That would be actress Nina Dobrev, who delivered a clever getup that only true fashion insiders will understand. Vogue, "Nina Dobrev Delivers a Halloween Costume Only True Fashion Fans Will Know," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sign up for The Brief weekly to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues. Jeremy Schwartz, ProPublica, "Eroding Private Border Wall To Get an Engineering Inspection Just Months After Completion," 9 July 2020 Her days often start at 4:30 am -- well before her kids get up -- to work on her startup, Brilliantly, which will soon launch a product to help with discomfort from post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Working parents are hitting a wall. Employers don't want to lose them," 16 June 2020 Ohioans who exhaust their first 39 weeks of unemployment benefits can get up to an additional 20 weeks of federal benefits. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio adds six counties to red-alert status, with mask mandate: The Wake Up for Friday, July 10, 2020," 10 July 2020 The chance to design something that could spark cultural change gave Glaser a reason to get up each morning. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "Milton Glaser’s brilliant last year," 8 July 2020 The Naples Zoo is another great place to get up-close-and-personal with a variety of animals and learn about conservation efforts. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "The Ultimate Travel Guide to Naples, Florida," 6 July 2020 My Shih Tzu, Tillie, has always needed help to get up on the couch or bed. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Little pup gets a lift," 27 June 2020 The county is testing about 2,400 people a day and wants to get up to 4,000 people a day. Erin Allday,, "Santa Clara County demands Kaiser, providers ramp up coronavirus testing," 10 June 2020 But still, anywhere from five to 10 Paradise Valley Community College cross-country members get up early to run to let off steam. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona community college runners keep training despite uncertainty amid coronavirus," 3 July 2020

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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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The first known use of getup was in the 14th century

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15 Jul 2020

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“Getup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of getup

informal : an unusual outfit or costume


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Kids Definition of getup

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

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