- get [get; ] also, although it is considered nonstandard by some [, git]vt.GOT, gotten, getting: see usage note at GOTTEN got, got [ME geten < ON geta, to get, beget, akin to OE -gietan (see BEGET, FORGET), Ger -gessen in vergessen, forget < IE base * ghend-, to seize, get hold of > L (pre)hendere, to grasp, understand]1. to come into the state of having; become the owner or receiver of; receive, win, gain, obtain, acquire, etc.2. to reach; arrive at [to get home early]3. to set up communication with, as by radio or telephone [to get Paris]4.a) to go and bringb) to bring [go get your books]5.a) to catch; capture; gain hold ofb) to become afflicted with (a disease)6. to learn; commit to memory7. to discover to be as the result of experiment or calculation [add 2 and 2 to get 4]8. to influence or persuade (a person) to do something [get him to leave]9. to cause to act in a certain way [get the door to shut properly]10.a) to cause to be [to get one's hands dirty]b) to cause to arrive at [get the copy to the printer]11. to take (oneself) away: often used absolutely12. to be sentenced to [to get ten years for robbery]13. to prepare [to get lunch]14. BEGET: said of animals15. to manage or contrive [to get to do something]16. Informal to be obliged to; feel a necessity to: with have or has [he's got to pass the test]17. Informal to own; possess: with have or has [he's got red hair]18. Informal to be or become the master of; esp.,a) to overpower; have complete control of [his illness finally got him]b) to puzzle; baffle [this problem gets me]c) to take into custody, wound, or kill☆ d) Baseball to put (an opponent) out, as by catching a batted ball19. Informal to strike; hit [the blow got him in the eye]20. Informal to catch the meaning or import of; understand21. Slang to cause an emotional response in; irritate, please, thrill, etc. [her singing gets me ]☆ 22. Slang to notice or observe [get the look on his face]vi.1. to come, go, or arrive [to get to work on time]2. to be or become; come to be (doing something); come to be (in a situation, condition, etc.) [to get caught in the rain, get in touch with me]3. Informal to leave at once: commonly pronounced (git) when used in the imperative or infinitive: Get is used as a linking verb in idiomatic phrases, and as an informal auxiliary for emphasis in passive construction [to get praised]n.1. the young of an animal; offspring; breed2. a begetting3. Tennis etc. a retrieving of a shot seemingly out of reach——————get about1. to move from place to place2. to go to many social events, places, etc.3. to circulate widely, as news——————get across Informal1. to clarify or explain convincingly2. to be clear; be understood3. to succeed, as in making oneself understood or conveying one's personality to an audience——————get after Informal1. to pursue or attack2. to urge or goad persistently——————get alongsee phrase under ALONG——————get anywhereto have any success or make any progress——————get around1. to get about (in all senses)☆ 2. to circumvent or overcome3. to influence, outwit, or gain favor with by cajoling, flattering, etc.——————get around to1. to find time or occasion for2. to get started on, esp. after a delay——————get at1. to approach or reach☆ 2. to apply oneself to (work, etc.)3. to find out4. to imply or suggest5. Informal to influence by bribery or intimidation——————get away1. to go away; leave2. to escape3. to start, as in a race——————☆ get away withInformal to succeed in doing or taking without being discovered or punished——————get back1. to return2. to recover☆ 3. Slang to retaliate; get revenge: usually with at——————get behind1. to move to the rear of2. to endorse or support3. to fall into arrears, as in making a payment——————get by1. to be fairly adequate or acceptable☆ 2. Informal to succeed without being discovered or punished3. Informal to survive; manage——————get down1. to descend2. to dismount☆ 3. Slanga) to relax and take part in social activity, play music, dance, etc.b) to act or behave naturally, casually, without pretense, etc.——————get down toto begin to consider or act on——————get in1. to enter2. to join or cause to join (an activity, group, etc.): also get in on3. to arrive4. to put in5. to become familiar or closely associated (with)——————get it Informal☆ 1. to understand2. to be punished——————get it onSlang to have sexual intercourse: often with with——————get nowhereto make no progress; accomplish nothing——————get off1. to come off, down, or out of2. to leave; go away3. to take off4. to escape5.a) to help escape sentence or punishmentb) to lessen the sentence or punishment of6. to start, as in a race☆ 7. to utter (a joke, retort, etc.)8. to have a holiday; have time off9. Slang to experience euphoria, an orgasm, etc.——————get (someone) offSlang to cause to experience euphoria, intoxication, an orgasm, etc.——————get off onSlang to experience or receive pleasure and satisfaction from; enjoy——————get on1. to go on or into2. to put on3. to proceed; make progress4. to grow older5. to succeed, as in making a living6. to agree; be compatible——————get on forBrit. to approach (a time, amount, age, etc.)——————get right on it or get on itInformal to begin doing a task (immediately)——————get out1. to go out2. to go away3. to take out☆ 4. to become no longer a secret5. to publish——————get out of1. to go out from2.a) to escape from or avoidb) to help escape from or avoid3. to go beyond (sight, etc.)4. to find out from, as by force——————get over1. to recover from2. to forget or overlook3. Informal to get across (in all senses)——————get one's own backsee phrase under OWN——————get somewhereto accomplish something; succeed——————☆ get so that or get soInformal to reach the point or state where——————get there☆ Informal to succeed——————get through1. to finish2. to manage to survive3. to secure favorable action upon (a bill, etc.)4. to establish communication, or make oneself clear (to)——————get to1. to succeed in reaching or communicating with☆ 2. to influence, as by bribery or intimidation3.a) to stir the emotions ofb) to annoy or irritate——————get together1. to bring together; accumulate2. to come together; gather☆ 3. Informal to reach an agreement——————get up1. to rise (from a chair, from sleep, etc.)2. to contrive; organize3. to dress elaborately4. to advance; make progress5. to climb or mount☆ 6. go forward: used as a command to a horse——————get withto go along with: often in the phrase get with the program, to go along with the assigned or predetermined plan of actiongettableadj.getableSYN.- GET is the word of broadest application meaning to come into possession of, with or without effort or volition [to get a job, an idea, a headache, etc. ]; OBTAIN implies that there is effort or desire in the getting [he has obtained aid ]; PROCURE suggests active effort or contrivance in getting or bringing to pass [to procure a settlement of the dispute ]; SECURE, in strict discrimination, implies difficulty in obtaining something and in retaining it [to secure a lasting peace ]; ACQUIRE implies a lengthy process in the getting and connotes collection or accretion [he acquired a fine education ]; GAIN1 always implies effort in the getting of something advantageous or profitable [to gain fame ] -ANT. LOSE, FORGO
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.