\ ˈget How to pronounce get (audio) , nonstandard ˈgit How to pronounce get (audio) \
got\ ˈgät How to pronounce get (audio) \; got or gotten\ ˈgä-​tᵊn How to pronounce get (audio) \; getting

Definition of get

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to gain possession of got a new bicycle
b : to receive as a return : earn he got a bad reputation for carelessness
2a : to obtain by concession or entreaty get your mother's permission to go
b : to become affected by (a disease or bodily condition) : catch got measles from his sister
3a : to seek out and obtain hoped to get dinner at the inn
b : to obtain and bring where wanted or needed get a pencil from the desk
4 : beget
5a : to cause to come or go quickly got his luggage through customs
b : to cause to move get it out of the house
c : to cause to be in a certain position or condition got his feet wet
d : to make ready : prepare get breakfast
6a : to be subjected to got a bad fall
b : to receive by way of punishment
c : to suffer a specified injury to got my nose broken
7a : to achieve as a result of military activity
b : to obtain or receive by way of benefit or advantage he got little for his trouble get the better of an enemy
8a : seize The dog got the thief by the leg.
b : overcome Such practices will surely get you in the end.
c : to have an emotional effect on the final scene always gets me
d : irritate the delays were starting to get her
e : puzzle This problem really gets me.
f : to take vengeance on specifically : kill
g : hit
9 : to prevail on : cause finally got them to tidy up their room
10a : have used in the present perfect tense form with present meaning I've got no money
b : to have as an obligation or necessity used in the present perfect tense form with present meaning you have got to come
11a : to find out by calculation get the answer to a problem
b : memorize got the verse by heart
c : hear Sorry, but I didn't get your name.
d : understand he got the joke
12 : to establish communication with
13 : to put out in baseball
14 : deliver sense 6b the car gets 20 miles to the gallon

intransitive verb

1a : to succeed in coming or going : to bring or move oneself get away to the country got into the car
b : to reach or enter into a certain condition got to sleep after midnight
c : to make progress hasn't gotten far with the essay
2 : to acquire wealth
3a : to be able never got to go to college
b : to come to be often used with following present participle got talking about old times
4a : to succeed in becoming : become how to get clear of all the debts I owe— William Shakespeare
b : to become involved people who get into trouble with the law
5 : to leave immediately told them to get

auxiliary verb

used with the past participle of transitive verbs as a passive voice auxiliary they got caught in the act
get after
: to pursue with exhortation, reprimand, or attack The coach really got after the players at halftime.
get ahead
: to achieve success determined to get ahead in life
get a life
: to stop wasting time on trivial or hopeless matters
get a move on
: hurry
get at
1 : to reach effectively The valve is hard to get at unless you have a special tool.
2 : to influence corruptly : bribe
3 : to turn one's attention to The committee finally got at the main issue.
4 : to try to prove or make clear I don't understand what he's getting at.
get away with
: to avoid criticism or punishment for or the consequences of (such as a reprehensible act)
get cracking
: to make a start : get going ought to get cracking on that assignment
get even
: to get revenge
get even with
: to repay in kind
get going
: to make a start time to get going on that assignment
get into
: to become strongly involved with or deeply interested in got into gymnastics at an early age
get it
: to receive a scolding or punishment
get it on
1 : to become enthusiastic, energetic, or excited
2 : to engage in sexual intercourse
get on
1 : to produce an unfortunate effect on : upset the noise got on my nerves
2 : to criticize insistently the fans got on him for losing the game
get one's act together
1 : to put one's life, thoughts, or emotions in order : cease to be confused or misdirected
2 : to begin to function in a skillful or efficient manner the company finally got its act together
get one's goat
: to make one angry or annoyed
get over
1a : overcome, surmount get over your fear of being lied to
b : to recover from still trying to get over a bad cold
c : to reconcile oneself to : become accustomed to was very disappointed, but he'll get over it
2 : to move or travel across
get real
: to stop deceiving oneself or fooling around : face reality
get religion
1 : to undergo religious conversion
2 : to turn to or adopt an enlightened course of action or point of view
get somewhere
: to be successful After a difficult start we're finally getting somewhere.
get there
: to be successful
get through
: to reach the end of : complete got through the ordeal unhurt
get to
1a : begin gets to worrying over nothing at all
b : to be ready to begin or deal with I'll get to the accounts as soon as I can
2 : to have an effect on: such as
a : influence
b : bother All these delays are starting to get to me.
get together
1 : to bring together : accumulate
2 : to come together : assemble, meet often gets together with his friends after work
3 : to reach agreement were unable to get together on the new contract
get wind of
: to become aware of got wind of our plans for the party
get with it
: to become alert or aware : show sophisticated consciousness


noun (1)
\ ˈget How to pronounce get (audio) \

Definition of get (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : something begotten:
(1) : offspring
(2) : the entire progeny of a male animal
b : lineage
2 : a return of a difficult shot in a game (such as tennis)


noun (2)
\ ˈget How to pronounce get (audio) \
plural gittin\ gē-​ˈtēn How to pronounce get (audio) , ˈgi-​tin How to pronounce get (audio) \

Definition of get (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law specifically : a bill of divorce
2 : a religious divorce by Jewish law

Synonyms & Antonyms for get

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Antonyms: Verb

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How do you pronounce get?: Usage Guide


The pronunciation \ˈgit\ has been noted as a feature of some British and American dialects since the 16th century. In the phonetic spelling of his own speech Benjamin Franklin records git. However, since at least 1687 some grammarians and teachers have disapproved this pronunciation. It nonetheless remains in widespread and unpredictable use in many dialects, often, but not exclusively, when get is a passive auxiliary (as in get married) or an imperative (as in get up!).

Examples of get in a Sentence

Verb He got a new bicycle for his birthday. I never did get an answer to my question. I got a letter from my lawyer. She got a phone call from her sister. Did you get my message? You need to get your mother's permission to go. She hasn't been able to get a job. If you want to be successful you need to get a good education. It took us a while to get the waiter's attention. It took us a while to get a taxi. See More

First Known Use of get


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for get

Verb and Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old Norse geta to get, beget; akin to Old English bigietan to beget, Latin prehendere to seize, grasp, Greek chandanein to hold, contain

Noun (2)

Late Hebrew gēṭ

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\ ˈget How to pronounce get (audio) \
got\ ˈgät \; got or gotten\ ˈgä-​tᵊn \; getting\ ˈge-​tiŋ \

Kids Definition of get

1 : to gain possession of (as by receiving, earning, buying, or winning) Everyone gets a present. I got new clothes.
2 : to obtain by request or as a favor Did you get permission?
3 : to come to have I got a good night's sleep.
4 : catch entry 1 sense 5 He got pneumonia.
5 : arrive sense 1 We got home early.
6 : go sense 1, move Get out! She gets about on crutches.
7 : become sense 1 Don't get angry. It's getting warmer.
8 : to cause to be I got my feet wet.
9 : prepare sense 2 You relax while I get dinner.
10 : irritate sense 1 Don't let his teasing get to you.
11 : hit entry 1 sense 1 The snowball got him on the head.
12 : to find out by calculation Did you get the answer yet?
13 : to hear correctly Sorry, I didn't get your name.
14 : understand sense 1 Oh, now I get it.
15 : persuade We got them to lower the price.
get ahead
: to achieve success (as in business)
get along
1 : to approach old age She's getting along in years.
2 : to stay friendly The boys got along well.
3 : to manage with little They get along on a small income.
get around
1 : to become known by many people The rumor quickly got around.
2 : to avoid having to deal with He found a way to get around the rules.
3 : to do or give attention to eventually I'll get around to it.
get at
1 : to reach with or as if with the hand I can't get at the switch.
2 : to deal with There's lots to do so let's get at it.
3 : to say or suggest in an indirect way Just what are you getting at?
get away
: to avoid being caught The robber got away.
get away with
: to not be punished for You won't get away with lying.
get back at
: to get revenge on I'll get back at him for what he did.
get by
1 : to manage with little We can get by with what we have.
2 : to do well enough to avoid failure I'm just getting by in this class.
get even
: to get revenge Are you going to forgive her, or get even?
get into
: to become deeply interested in She's really gotten into music.
get it
: to receive punishment You're going to get it when Mom gets home.
get off
1 : to start out on a journey They got off on their trip.
2 : to escape punishment or harm He got off with just a warning.
get on
1 : to approach old age My grandparents are getting on.
2 : to start or continue doing Come on, let's get on with it.
3 : to stay friendly The neighbors all got on fine.
get out
1 : escape entry 1 sense 1 Everyone got out alive.
2 : to become known The secret got out.
get over
1 : to stop feeling unhappy about She's disappointed, but she'll get over it.
2 : to recover from I finally got over my cold.
get up
1 : to arise from bed
3 : to find the ability I couldn't get up the nerve to speak.
get wind of
: to become aware of : hear about I got wind of their little scheme.


transitive verb
\ (ˈ)get How to pronounce get (audio) \
got\ (ˈ)gät How to pronounce get (audio) \; got or gotten\ ˈgät-​ᵊn How to pronounce get (audio) \; getting

Medical Definition of get

: to catch or become affected by (a disease or bodily condition) got measles from his brother got her period

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