- Got is defined as to have received or bought something.
An example of the use of got is in the sentence, "He got a new bicycle yesterday," which means that he bought a new bicycle yesterday.
- Simple past tense of get.
- We got the last bus home.
- (UK, New Zealand) Past participle of get
- By that time we'd got very cold.
- I've got two children.
- How many children have you got?
- Expressing obligation.
- I can't go out tonight, I've got to study for my exams.
- (southern US, with to) must; have (to).
- I got to go study.
- (southern US, UK, slang) have
- They got a new car.
- He got a lot of nerve.
- (past participle of get): The second sentence literally means "At some time in the past I got (obtained) two children", but in "have got" constructions like this, where "got" is used in the sense of "obtained", the sense of obtaining is lost, becoming merely one of possessing, and the sentence is in effect just a more colloquial way of saying "I have two children". Similarly, the third sentence is just a more colloquial way of saying "How many children do you have?"
- (past participle of get): The American and archaic British usage of the verb conjugates as get-got-gotten or as get-got-got depending on the meaning (see Usage Notes on "get" for details), whereas the modern British usage of the verb has lost this distinction and conjugates as get-got-got in all cases.
- (expressing obligation): "Got" is a filler word here with no obvious grammatical or semantic function. "I have to study for my exams" has the same meaning. It is often stressed in speech: "You've just got to see this."
Variant of get
transitive verbgot, gotten or got, getting
- 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 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
- Tennis, etc. 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
- 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 with☆
- to return
- to recover
- ☆ 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
- ☆ Informal to succeed without being discovered or punished
- Informal to survive; manage
- to descend
- to dismount
- ☆ 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)
- ☆ 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