- Get is defined as to receive.
An example of get is to be given presents on one's birthday.
This little boy is about to get a birthday present.
get definition by Webster's New World
- to come into the state of having; become the owner or receiver of; receive, win, gain, obtain, acquire, etc.
- to reach; arrive at: 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 discover to be as the result 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: to get to do something
- Informal to be obliged to; feel a necessity to: with have or has: 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
- ☆ 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 gets me
- ☆ Slang to notice or observe: get the look on his face
Origin: Middle 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
- Tennis, etc. a retrieving of a shot seemingly out of reach
get definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb got got , got·ten or got, get·ting, gets verb, transitive
- 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 stated injury to: got my arm broken.
- a. To gain or have understanding of: Do you get this question?b. To learn (a poem, for example) by heart; memorize.c. To find or reach by calculating: get a total; can't get the answer.d. To perceive by hearing: I didn't get your name when we were introduced.
- To procreate; beget.
- 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 a crowd.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.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.
- 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: I got to git me a huntin' dog.
- 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: puts all his energy into getting and spending.
- a. The act of begetting.b. Progeny; offspring.
- Chiefly British Slang A foolish or contemptible person.
- Sports A return, as in tennis, on a shot that seems impossible to reach.
Origin: Middle English geten, from Old Norse geta; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.
- getˈa·ble, getˈta·ble adjective
get - Computer Definition
get - Phrases/Idioms
- to move from place to place
- to go to many social events, places, etc.
- to circulate widely, as news
- 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)
- â 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
- â 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 withâ
- to return
- to recover
- â Slang to retaliate; get revenge: usually with at
- 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
- â Informal to succeed without being discovered or punished
- Informal to survive; manage
- to descend
- to dismount
- â Slang
- 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)
- â 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
- â 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
- â 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)â
- 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
- â to influence, as by bribery or intimidation
- to stir the emotions of
- to annoy or irritate
- to bring together; accumulate
- to come together; gather
- â 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
- â go forward: used as a command to a horse
get around to
get away with
get back at
get even with
- get /ahold of
- To bring into one's grasp, possession, or control.
- To communicate with, especially by telephone.
get it on
- To become filled with energy or excitement.
- To engage in sexual intercourse.
get on the stick
get out of
get (someone's) goat
get wind of