Get is an English main or auxiliary verb with many uses
Word: get Pronunciation of get: 'get, ÷'gitFunction of get: verbOther forms of get: got
- (noun) Artifice; contrivance.
- (v. t.) Hence, with have and had, to come into or be in possession of; to have.
- (v. i.) To make acquisition; to gain; to profit; to receive accessions; to be increased.
- (v. t.) To procure; to obtain; to gain possession of; to acquire; to earn; to obtain as a price or reward; to come by; to win, by almost any means; as, to get favor by kindness; to get wealth by industry and economy; to get land by purchase, etc.
- (v. t.) To procure to be, or to cause to be in any state or condition; -- with a following participle.
- (v. t.) To prevail on; to induce; to persuade.
- (v. i.) To arrive at, or bring one's self into, a state, condition, or position; to come to be; to become; -- with a following adjective or past participle belonging to the subject of the verb; as, to get sober; to get awake; to get beaten; to get elected.
- (noun) Offspring; progeny; as, the get of a stallion.
- (noun) Fashion; manner; custom.
- (v. t.) To betake; to remove; -- in a reflexive use.
- (noun) Jet, the mineral.
- (v. t.) To beget; to procreate; to generate.
- (v. t.) To obtain mental possession of; to learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; as to get a lesson; also with out; as, to get out one's Greek lesson.
/; got or got·ten
/; get·tingOrigin of get:
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, containtransitive senses1 a
: to gain possession of b
: to receive as a return : EARN
a bad reputation for carelessness>2 a
: to obtain by concession or entreaty <get
your mother's permission to go> b
: to become affected by (a disease or bodily condition) : CATCH
measles from his sister>3 a
: 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 : BEGET5 a
: 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
: 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>7 a
: 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>8 a : SEIZE b : OVERCOME c
: to have an emotional effect on <the final scene always gets
me> d : IRRITATE
<the delays were starting to get
her> e : PUZZLE f
: to take vengeance on; specifically : KILL g : HIT9
: to prevail on : CAUSE
them to tidy up their room>10 a : 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>11 a
: to find out by calculation <get
the answer to a problem> b : MEMORIZE
the verse by heart> c : HEAR d : UNDERSTAND12
: to establish communication with13
: to put out in baseball14 : DELIVER
6b <the car gets
20 miles to the gallon>intransitive senses1 a
: 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 wealth3 a
: 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>4 a
: to succeed in becoming : BECOME
<how to get
clear of all the debts I owe -- Shakespeare> b
: to become involved <people who get
into trouble with the law>5
: to leave immediately <told them to get
-- used with the past participle of transitive verbs as a passive voice auxiliary <they got
caught in the act>
- get a bead on
: to gain a precise and telling knowledge or understanding of <got a bead on
- get after
: to pursue with exhortation, reprimand, or attack
- get ahead
: to achieve success <determined to get ahead
- get a move on : HURRY
- get at 1
: to reach effectively 2
: to influence corruptly : BRIBE 3
: to turn one's attention to 4
: to try to prove or make clear <what is he getting at
- get away with
: to avoid criticism or punishment for or the consequences of (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
- get into
: to become strongly involved with or deeply interested in
- 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
: to produce an unfortunate effect on : UPSET
<the noise got on
- 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 1 a : OVERCOME, SURMOUNT b
: to recover from c
: to reconcile oneself to : become accustomed to 2
: to move or travel across
- get somewhere
: to be successful
- get there
: to be successful
- get through
: to reach the end of : COMPLETE
- get to 1 a : BEGIN
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: as a : INFLUENCE b : BOTHER
- get together 1
: to bring together : ACCUMULATE 2
: to come together : ASSEMBLE, MEET 3
: to reach agreement
- get wind of
: to become aware of
- get with it
: to become alert or aware : show sophisticated consciousnessusage
The pronunciation \'git\ 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!
Synonyms of getAcquire
Antonyms of getEnd
get n. Jet, the mineral.
get n. Fashion; manner; custom.
get n. Artifice; contrivance.
get v. t. To procure; to obtain; to gain possession of; to acquire; to earn; to obtain as a price or reward; to come by; to win, by almost any means; as, to get favor by kindness; to get wealth by industry and economy; to get land by purchase, etc.
get v. t. Hence, with have and had, to come into or be in possession of; to have.
get v. t. To beget; to procreate; to generate.
get v. t. To obtain mental possession of; to learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; as to get a lesson; also with out; as, to get out one's Greek lesson.
get v. t. To prevail on; to induce; to persuade.
get v. t. To procure to be, or to cause to be in any state or condition; -- with a following participle.
get v. t. To betake; to remove; -- in a reflexive use.
get v. i. To make acquisition; to gain; to profit; to receive accessions; to be increased.
get v. i. To arrive at, or bring one's self into, a state, condition, or position; to come to be; to become; -- with a following adjective or past participle belonging to the subject of the verb; as, to get sober; to get awake; to get beaten; to get elected.
get n. Offspring; progeny; as, the get of a stallion.
get v. receive; obtain; purchase; take; understand; be infected (with a disease); arrive; come; become; cause; bring; persuade