This little boy is about to get a birthday present.
An example of get is to be given presents on one's birthday.
- to come into the state of having; become the owner or receiver of; receive, win, gain, obtain, acquire, etc.
- to reach; arrive at (a place or condition): to get home early
- to set up communication with, as by radio or telephone: to get Paris
- to go and bring
- to bring: go get your books
- to catch; capture; gain hold of
- to become afflicted with (a disease)
- to learn; commit to memory
- to obtain as a result, by means of experiment or calculation: add 2 and 2 to get 4
- to influence or persuade (a person) to do something: get him to leave
- to cause to act in a certain way: get the door to shut properly
- to cause to be: to get one's hands dirty
- to cause to arrive at: get the copy to the printer
- to take (oneself) away: often used absolutely
- to be sentenced to: to get ten years for robbery
- to prepare: to get lunch
- beget: said of animals
- to manage or contrive: with an infinitive object: to get to do something
- Informal to be obliged; feel a necessity: preceded by have or has and followed by an infinitive object: he's got to pass the test
- Informal to own; possess: with have or has: he's got red hair
- Informal to be or become the master of; esp.,
- to overpower; have complete control of: his illness finally got him
- to puzzle; baffle: this problem gets me
- to take into custody, wound, or kill
- to inflict (unspecified) harm or damage against: I'll get you yet!
- Baseball to put (an opponent) out, as by catching a batted ball
- Informal to strike; hit: the blow got him in the eye
- Informal to catch the meaning or import of; understand
- Slang to cause an emotional response in; irritate, please, thrill, etc.: her singing really gets me
- Slang to notice or observe: get the look on his face
Origin of getMiddle English geten from Old Norse geta, to get, beget, akin to Old English -gietan (see beget, forget), German -gessen in vergessen, forget from Indo-European base an unverified form ghend-, to seize, get hold of from source Classical Latin (pre)hendere, to grasp, understand
- to come, go, or arrive: to get to work on time
- 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
- Informal to leave at once: commonly pronounced (git) when used in the imperative or infinitive
- the young of an animal; offspring; breed
- a begetting
- a retrieving of a shot seemingly out of reach
- to move from place to place
- to go to many social events, places, etc.
- to circulate widely, as news or a rumor does
- to clarify or explain convincingly
- to be clear; be understood
- to succeed, as in making oneself understood or conveying one's personality to an audience
- to pursue or attack
- to urge or goad persistently
- to get about (in all senses)
- to circumvent or overcome
- to influence, outwit, or gain favor with by cajoling, flattering, etc.
get around to
- to find time or occasion for
- to get started on, esp. after a delay
- to approach or reach
- to apply oneself to (work, etc.)
- to find out
- to imply or suggest
- Informal to influence by bribery or intimidation
- to go away; leave
- to escape
- to start, as in a race
get away from it all
get away with
- to return
- to recover
- Slang to retaliate; get revenge: usually with at
get someone back
- to move to the rear of
- to endorse or support
- to fall into arrears, as in making a payment
- to be fairly adequate or acceptable
- Informal to succeed without being discovered or punished
- Informal to survive; manage
- to descend
- to dismount
- to relax and take part in social activity, play music, dance, etc.
- to act or behave naturally, casually, without pretense, etc.
get down to
- to enter
- to join or cause to join (an activity, group, etc.)also get in on
- to arrive
- to put in
- to become familiar or closely associated (with)
get into it
- to understand
- to be punished
get it on
- to come off, down, or out of
- to leave; go away
- to take off
- to escape
- to help escape sentence or punishment
- to lessen the sentence or punishment of
- to start, as in a race
- to utter (a joke, retort, etc.)
- to have a holiday; have time off
- Slang to experience euphoria, an orgasm, etc.
get (someone) off
get off on
- to go on or into
- to put on
- to proceed; make progress
- to grow older
- to succeed, as in making a living
- to agree; be compatible
get on for
get (right) on it
- to go out
- to go away
- to take out
- to become no longer a secret
- to publish
get out of
- to go out from
- to escape from or avoid
- to help escape from or avoid
- to go beyond (sight, etc.)
- to find out from, as by force
- to recover from
- to forget or overlook
- Informal to get across (in all senses)
get one's own back
get so (that)
- to finish
- to manage to survive
- to secure favorable action upon (a bill, etc.)
- to establish communication, or make oneself clear (to)
- to succeed in reaching or communicating with
- to influence, as by bribery or intimidation
- to stir the emotions of
- to annoy or irritate
- to bring together; accumulate
- to come together; gather
- Informal to reach an agreement
- to rise from a chair, from sleep, etc.
- to contrive; organize
- to dress elaborately
- to advance; make progress
- to climb or mount
- go forward: used as a command to a horse
verbgot, got·ten, or got get·ting, gets
- a. To come into possession or use of; receive: got a cat for her birthday.b. To meet with or incur: got nothing but trouble for her efforts.
- a. To go after and obtain: got a book at the library; got breakfast in town.b. To go after and bring: Get me a pillow.c. To purchase; buy: get groceries.
- a. To acquire as a result of action or effort: He got his information from the internet. You can't get water out of a stone.b. To earn: got high marks in math.c. To accomplish or attain as a result of military action.
- To obtain by concession or request: couldn't get the time off; got permission to go.
- a. To arrive at; reach: When did you get home?b. To reach and board; catch: She got her plane two minutes before takeoff.
- To succeed in communicating with, as by telephone: can't get me at the office until nine.
- To become affected with (an illness, for example) by infection or exposure; catch: get the flu; got the mumps.
- a. To be subjected to; undergo: got a severe concussion.b. To receive as retribution or punishment: got six years in prison for tax fraud.c. To sustain a specified injury to: got my arm broken.
- a. To perceive or become aware of by one of the senses: get a whiff of perfume; got a look at the schedule.b. To gain or have understanding of: Do you get this question?c. To learn (a poem, for example) by heart; memorize.d. To find or reach by calculating: get a total; can't get the answer.
- To procreate; beget: “Is my life given me for nothing but to get children and work to bring them up?” ( D.H. Lawrence )
- a. To cause to become or be in a specified state or condition: got the children tired and cross; got the shirt clean.b. To make ready; prepare: get lunch for the family.c. To cause to come or go: got the car through traffic.d. To cause to move or leave: Get me out of here!
- To cause to undertake or perform; prevail on: got the guide to give us the complete tour.
- a. To take, especially by force; seize: The detective got the suspect as he left the restaurant.b. Informal To overcome or destroy: The ice storm got the rose bushes.c. To evoke an emotional response or reaction in: Romantic music really gets me.d. To annoy or irritate: What got me was his utter lack of initiative.e. To present a difficult problem to; puzzle: “It's the suspect's indifference that gets me,” the detective said.f. To take revenge on, especially to kill in revenge for a wrong.g. Informal To hit or strike: She got him on the chin. The bullet got him in the arm.
- Baseball To put out or strike out: got the batter with a cut fastball.
- To begin or start. Used with the present participle: I have to get working on this or I'll miss my deadline.
- a. To have current possession of. Used in the present perfect form with the meaning of the present: We've got plenty of cash.b. Nonstandard To have current possession of. Used in the past tense form with the meaning of the present: They got a nice house in town.c. To have as an obligation. Used in the present perfect form with the meaning of the present: I have got to leave early. You've got to do the dishes.d. Nonstandard To have as an obligation. Used in the past tense with the meaning of the present: They got to clean up this mess.
- a. To become or grow to be: eventually got well.b. To be successful in coming or going: When will we get to Dallas?
- To be able or permitted: never got to see Europe; finally got to work at home.
- a. To be successful in becoming: get free of a drug problem.b. Used with the past participle of transitive verbs as a passive voice auxiliary: got stung by a bee.c. To become drawn in, entangled, or involved: got into debt; get into a hassle.
- Informal To depart immediately: yelled at the dog to get.
- To work for gain or profit; make money: Do you feel as though you're exhausting yourself getting and not making enough for spending?
- Progeny; offspring: a thoroughbred's get.
- Chiefly British Slang A foolish or contemptible person.
- Sports A return, as in tennis, on a shot that seems impossible to reach.
Origin of getMiddle English geten from Old Norse geta ; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.
- get′a·ble get′ta·ble
Usage Note: The use of get in the passive, as in We got sunburned at the beach, is generally avoided in formal writing. In less formal contexts, however, the construction can provide a useful difference in tone or emphasis, as between the sentences The demonstrators were arrested and The demonstrators got arrested. The first example implies that the responsibility for the arrests rests primarily with the police, while the example using get implies that the demonstrators deliberately provoked the arrests. • In colloquial use and in numerous nonstandard varieties of American English, the past tense form got has the meaning of the present. This arose probably by dropping the helping verb have from the past perfects have got, has got. We've got to go, we've got a lot of problems became We got to go, we got a lot of problems. The reanalysis of got as a present-tense form has led to the creation of a third-person singular gots in some varieties of English.
- A document presented by a husband to his wife whereby a divorce is effected between them according to Jewish religious law.
- A divorce effected by a get.
Origin of getMishnaic Hebrew gē&tlowdot; from Aramaic from Akkadian gi&tlowdot;&tlowdot;u long clay tablet, receipt, document from Sumerian gíd.da long
(third-person singular simple present gets, present participle getting, simple past got, past participle (chiefly British) got, (North American or British archaic) gotten)
- To obtain; to acquire.
- I'm going to get a computer tomorrow from the discount store.
- To receive.
- I got a computer from my parents for my birthday.
- You need to get permission to leave early.
- He got a severe reprimand for that.
- (copulative) To become.
- I'm getting hungry; how about you?
- Don't get drunk tonight.
- To cause to become; to bring about.
- That song gets me so depressed every time I hear it.
- I'll get this finished by lunchtime.
- I can't get these boots off (or on).
- To fetch, bring, take.
- Can you get my bag from the living-room, please?
- I need to get this to the office.
- To cause to do.
- Somehow she got him to agree to it.
- I can't get it to work.
- (intransitive, with various prepositions, such as into, over, or behind; for specific idiomatic senses see individual entries get into, get over, etc.) To adopt, assume, arrive at, or progress towards (a certain position, location, state).
- The actors are getting into position.
- When are we going to get to London?
- I'm getting into a muddle.
- We got behind the wall.
- To cause to come or go or move.
- To cause to be in a certain status or position.
- (intransitive) To begin (doing something).
- We ought to get moving or we'll be late.
- After lunch we got chatting.
- To take or catch (a scheduled transportation service).
- I normally get the 7:45 train.
- I'll get the 9 a.m. [flight] to Boston.
- To respond to (a telephone call, a doorbell, etc).
- Can you get that call, please? I'm busy.
- (intransitive, followed by infinitive) To be able, permitted (to do something); to have the opportunity (to do something).
- I'm so jealous that you got to see them perform live!
- The finders get to keep 80 percent of the treasure.
- (informal) To understand (often used as get it).
- Yeah, I get it, it's just not funny.
- I don't get what you mean by "fun". This place sucks!
- (informal) To be subjected to.
- "You look just like Helen Mirren." / "I get that a lot."
- (informal) To be. Used to form the passive of verbs.
- He got bitten by a dog.
- To become ill with or catch (a disease).
- I went on holiday and got malaria.
- (informal) To catch out, trick successfully.
- He keeps calling pretending to be my boss—it gets me every time.
- (informal) To perplex, stump.
- That question's really got me.
- To find as an answer.
- What did you get for question four?
- (informal) To bring to reckoning; to catch (as a criminal); to effect retribution.
- The cops finally got me.
- I'm gonna get him for that.
- To hear completely; catch.
- Sorry, I didn't get that. Could you repeat it?
- To getter.
- I put the getter into the container to get the gases.
- (now rare) To beget (of a father).
- (archaic) To learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; sometimes with out.
- to get a lesson
- to get out one's Greek lesson
In dialects featuring the past participle gotten, the form "gotten" is not used universally as the past participle. Rather, inchoative and concessive uses (with meanings such as "obtain" or "become", or "am permitted to") use "gotten" as their past participle, whereas stative uses (with meanings like "have") use "got" as their past participle , thus enabling users of "gotten"-enabled dialects to make distinctions such as "I've gotten (received) my marks" vs. "I've got (possess) my marks"; a subtle distinction, to be sure, but a useful one. The first example probably means that the person has received them, and has them somewhere, whereas the second probably means that they have them in their hand right now.
- (obtain): lose
From Middle English geten, from Old Norse geta, from Proto-Germanic *getaną (compare Old English ġietan, Old High German pi-gezzan 'to uphold', Gothic bi-gitan 'to find, discover'), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰend- 'to seize'. Cognate with Latin prehendo.
- (UK, regional) A git.
Variant of git
From Hebrew גֵּט (gēṭ).