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

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 dress is modern, but in a fanciful way with amusingly gaudy getups for the courtiers and lots of vests and buccaneer boots among Susan Szegda’s costumes. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Charming SF Shakes’ ‘As You Like It’ has a secret musical weapon," 10 July 2019 From dresses to nipple pasties, festivalgoers did not hold back from going all out with their colorful getups. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Fashion Moments From NYC Pride 2019," 1 July 2019 Otherwise, the show so far (I’ve seen four episodes) is a highly self-conscious study of ennui, overfull with fancy camera tricks and thousand-dollar designer getups. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Euphoria” and the Flawed Art of Gen Z Prophesying," 16 June 2019 Lil Nas X, clad in a neon-yellow getup, led an absolutely rambunctious crowd in the sing-along while Cyrus delivered his verse at a mic stand, giving in to a few cowboy boot kicks as dancers strutted around him. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus Ride 'Old Town Road' to the 2019 BET Awards: Watch," 23 June 2019 But that all comes to a head when the ball star walks in the French Revolution category in a truly stunning Marie Antoinette getup, complete with cakes, a carousel hoop-skirt and a guillotine. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Revolutions, Runways & Revenge: 5 Key Moments from the Season 2 Premiere of 'Pose'," 12 June 2019 The most obviously tacky part of Timberlake's performance was his suit, a woodsy camo-like print getup -- unappealing, but forgivable. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "Justin Timberlake Plays the Hits, Largely Avoids Controversy With Sigh-of-Relief Super Bowl LII Halftime Performance," 4 Feb. 2018 Adam Levine's getup wasn't immune to a bit of playful banter, either, and a hefty chunk of viewers took a passionate stance on his style. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Adam Levine Divided Fans With His Bold Battle Rounds Outfit," 31 Mar. 2019 This isn’t the first time the stylish mom has elevated a more casual getup. Vogue, "Kylie Jenner’s Idea of a “Chill” Fashion Instagram Is Anything But," 17 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another measure, which sought to counter a federal law that allows for-profit colleges to get up to 90 percent of their tuition from federal and state financial aid, was pulled altogether. Alexei Koseff,, "California bill targeting for-profit colleges is gutted," 1 July 2019 Sometimes, the bed or mat would go to the first child who got ahold of it when another got up to go to the bathroom., "An Oregon lawyer visited border patrol facilities in the El Paso sector; here’s what she knows and what it means.," 29 June 2019 Before fans of either couple get up in arms, this split is basically a continuation of the separation of the Cambridge and Sussex households—a move that was announced earlier this year. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Prince Harry and Prince William Just Took the Final Step to Split Up the Royal Households," 20 June 2019 The Pernoi preview dinner with wine came in just under that at $250 — a rate that may not be exactly reflective of the price points when the restaurant gets up and running in Birmingham, but at least roughly indicative of what to expect. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "An early taste of Pernoi, one of metro Detroit's most anticipated restaurants ever," 19 June 2019 Google's goal here isn't to replace or compete with carrier RCS service, but only to fill in the gaps until carriers get up and running with their own version of RCS. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s ninth attempt at a messaging service will be based on RCS," 18 June 2019 That was when my five-foot-tall mother got up out of her chair and put her arms around six-foot-tall me. Jennifer Finney Boylan, New York Times, "Jennifer Finney Boylan: Love Prevails, Mostly," 16 June 2019 Newsletter Sign-up A good consumer product often doesn’t need much money to get up and running. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "When Tech Investors Venture Off Course: Silicon Valley Makes a Mess in the Kitchen," 14 June 2019 Calipari does not typically redshirt players, but Allen might need a semester to get up to speed. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "UK Mailbag: Basketball returner and newcomer to watch, football expectations and more," 13 June 2019

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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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