[c]/gɛt / (say get)

verb (got, got or, Chiefly US, gotten, Archaic, gat, getting)
verb (t)
1. to obtain, gain, or acquire by any means: to get favour by service; get a good price.
2. to fetch or bring: I will go and get it.
3. to receive or be awarded: I got a present; they got five years for theft.
4. to obtain by working; earn: to get one's living.
5. to acquire a mental grasp or command of; learn: to get a lesson by heart.
6. to hear or understand: I didn't get the last word.
7. to be afflicted with (an illness, etc.): to be getting the flu.
8. to reach or communicate with (someone): to get him on the phone.
9. to cause to be or do: to get a friend appointed; get one's hair cut; get the fire to burn.
10. to manage; succeed in accomplishing: I didn't get to see her.
11. Obsolete to capture; seize upon.
12. to prevail on: to get her to speak.
13. to prepare; make ready: to get dinner.
14. to beget (now usually of animals).
15. Colloquial to hit: the bullet got her in the leg.
16. Colloquial to have revenge on, especially by physical assault: I'll get you for that.
17. Colloquial to grasp or understand the meaning or intention of (a person).
18. Colloquial to look at; perceive: get that hairdo!
19. Colloquial to baffle; reveal the ignorance of: you've got me there, mate!
20. Colloquial to have a strong effect upon, as irritation, anger, amusement: her behaviour really gets me.
21. Colloquial to trick or deceive.
22. Colloquial to kill.
23. Colloquial to answer: who'll get the phone?
verb (i)
24. to come to or arrive: to get home.
25. to succeed in coming or going (away, in, into, out, over, through, etc.).
26. (usually in the imperative) Colloquial to go away: Go on. Get!
verb (copular)
27. to become; grow: to get tired.
verb (auxiliary)
28. (used to form a passive verb): to get married.
29. (in tennis, etc.) a return of a stroke which would normally be a point for the opponent.
30. an offspring, now only of animals.
31. Colloquial a getaway.
32. be getting on, to be advanced in years.
33. do a get, Colloquial to escape; run away.
34. get about,
a. to move about.
b. (of rumours, etc.) to become known.
35. get across,
a. to make understood.
b. Theatre to communicate successfully (to an audience).
c. Colloquial to irritate or annoy.
36. get ahead, to be successful; make progress.
37. get along, to go away.
38. get along (or on),
a. to advance one's cause; prosper.
b. to make progress; proceed; advance.
c. (sometimes followed by with) to agree or be friendly.
39. get along with you, (an exclamation of disbelief.)
40. get any, Colloquial to have sexual intercourse: are you getting any?
41. get around,
a. to move about.
b. (of rumours, etc.) to become known.
c. to overcome a difficulty.
42. get at,
a. to reach; make contact with: I can't get at it.
b. Colloquial to hint at or imply: what's she getting at?
c. Colloquial to tamper with, as by corruption or bribery.
d. Colloquial to nag or find fault with: why are you always getting at me?
43. get away,
a. to escape.
b. to depart.
c. to start in a race: the horses got away cleanly.
d. to go away, especially on holiday: we'll get away this evening.
e. Colloquial (an exclamation of surprise or disbelief.)
f. (of grass or feed grains) to grow sufficiently to provide useful fodder for stock.
44. get away from,
a. to escape.
b. to avoid.
45. get away from it all, to leave business, work, worries, etc., for a holiday.
46. get away with, to avoid punishment or blame for.
47. get away with you, Colloquial (an exclamation indicating good-humoured disbelief or dismissal.)
48. get back,
a. to return: we should get back before sunset.
b. to recover or make as a profit on: they got back twice the amount they invested.
49. get back on (or at), Colloquial to get revenge on (someone).
50. get back to,
a. (of information intended to be suppressed or withheld) to reach the ears of: the rumour will get back to him eventually.
b. to contact (someone) for a second time.
51. get by, to manage; carry on in spite of difficulties.
52. get cracking, Colloquial to begin vigorously; hurry.
53. get down,
a. to bring down.
b. to come down
c. Colloquial to respond euphorically to music: get down and boogie.
d. Colloquial to depress or discourage (someone).
54. get down on, Colloquial to steal.
55. get down to, to begin to concentrate on or give one's attention to.
56. get even with, to square accounts with.
57. get going, to begin; make haste.
58. get his (or hers, etc.), Colloquial
a. to get a just reward.
b. to be killed.
59. get hold of, to secure, obtain, or reserve: to get hold of a taxi.
60. get in, to order or stock up (provisions, etc.).
61. get in for one's chop, Colloquial to attempt to obtain a fair share.
62. get inside,
a. to make a way into.
b. Colloquial to achieve deep understanding of.
63. get into,
a. to become involved or immersed in (an activity): I was just getting into reading when the phone rang.
b. Colloquial to attack (someone) vigorously, either physically or verbally.
c. Colloquial to set about (a task) vigorously.
d. to consume regularly in large quantities: to get into the booze.
64. get into (or in) bed with, Colloquial
a. to have sexual intercourse with.
b. to enter into a close business arrangement with.
65. get in touch with,
a. to contact; exchange words with.
b. to become familiar with; come to grips with.
66. get it, Colloquial to understand; comprehend.
67. get it in the neck, Colloquial to be rebuked or punished.
68. get it on (with), Colloquial to have sexual intercourse.
69. get it together, Colloquial to achieve harmony or success.
70. get it up, Colloquial to achieve an erection.
71. get lost, Colloquial to go away; desist: get lost, will you!
72. get off,
a. to escape; evade consequences.
b. to start a journey; leave.
c. to dismount from (a horse or train, etc.).
d. Colloquial to go to sleep.
e. Colloquial to cease to interfere.
f. Colloquial to experience orgasm.
73. get off on, Colloquial
a. to enjoy thoroughly: she really gets off on punk rock.
b. to be sexually stimulated by.
74. get off one's bike, Colloquial to become angry.
75. get on, to age.
76. get on (or along),
a. to advance one's cause; prosper.
b. to make progress; proceed; advance.
c. (sometimes followed by with) to agree or be friendly.
77. get oneself up, to dress elaborately.
78. get one's jollies, Colloquial to get pleasurable excitement, especially from or as from doing something forbidden or improper.
79. get one's own back, to be revenged.
80. get on like a house on fire, Colloquial (of two people) to be extremely well-disposed towards each other.
81. get on someone's nerves, to annoy or irritate someone.
82. get on the telephone, to initiate a telephone call.
83. get on to (or onto),
a. to discover.
b. to contact; get in touch with (someone).
c. (usually imperative) Colloquial to look at: get on to that outfit!
d. Colloquial to obtain: to get on to some good bargains.
e. Colloquial to establish a sexual rapport with.
84. get on top of, Colloquial
a. to become adept in or knowledgeable about (a subject, job, etc.); master.
b. to dominate: *one of the few men in the chamber who can get on top of May by sheer force of personality –john morrison, 1955.
c. to weigh down emotionally: *my unhappiness about Javo had got on top of me –helen garner, 1977.
85. get on with,
a. to have a rapport with.
b. to turn one's attention to (a task).
86. get out,
a. to escape.
b. (of information) to become publicly known.
c. to alight from a vehicle.
d. to succeed in solving (a puzzle, mystery, etc.).
e. (an exclamation of surprise or disbelief.)
87. get out from under, to escape from (a difficult or threatening situation); abandon (one's responsibilities).
88. get out (of here)!, Originally US (an interjection expressing disbelief, scepticism, etc.)
89. get outside of, Colloquial to eat.
90. get over,
a. to overcome (a difficulty, etc.)
b. to recover from: to get over a shock; to get over an illness.
91. get over it!, (an exclamation indicating that the speaker expects someone to stop complaining, put a difficulty behind them, take on a positive attitude to life, etc.)
92. get over this side, Aboriginal English (a command to come to the speaker.)
93. get real, Colloquial to become sensible or realistic.
94. get round,
a. to outwit.
b. to cajole or ingratiate oneself with (someone).
c. to overcome (difficulties, etc.).
95. get round to, to come at length to (doing something).
96. get set,
a. (as a command at the start of a running race) be ready.
b. Two-up, etc. to place a wager.
97. get someone going, Colloquial to arouse someone to anger, excitement, interest, etc.
98. get someone home, to assist someone to achieve their goal or purpose.
99. get someone wrong, Colloquial to misunderstand someone: don't get me wrong!
100. get (stuck) into, Colloquial
a. to attack (someone) vigorously either physically or verbally.
b. to set about (a task) vigorously.
c. to eat hungrily.
101. get the axe (or chop){{}} (or spear), Colloquial to be dismissed from a job.
102. get the message, Colloquial to understand what someone is saying, particularly when there is a veiled threat.
103. get the picture, Colloquial to understand what is going on.
104. get this, Colloquial (an exclamation calling for attention, especially to information about to be imparted.)
105. get through to,
a. to make a telephone connection with.
b. Colloquial to make understand.
106. get to,
a. to arouse deep feeling in.
b. to annoy or irritate.
107. get together,
a. to confer.
b. to meet informally.
108. get under someone's skin, to arouse someone's irritation or embarrassment.
109. get up,
a. to arise; sit up or stand.
b. to rise from bed.
c. to ascend or mount.
d. (of wind, sea, etc.) to increase in force.
e. to make ready: to get up wool for sale.
f. to prepare, arrange, or organise.
g. to produce in a specified style, as a book.
h. to work up (a feeling, etc.).
i. to be acquitted.
j. to win (an election, court case, contest, etc.).
110. get up to, to be involved in (especially mischief, etc.).
111. get with,
a. to become associated with and involved in the success of: to get with the bank.
b. Colloquial to have intercourse with.
112. get with child, Archaic to make pregnant.
113. get with it, Colloquial
a. to adopt the current fashion.
b. (an exhortation to someone to pay attention and to catch up with what others are doing.)
114. get with the program, Colloquial (an exhortation to someone to adjust their behaviour so as to meet the expectations or requirements of others.) {Phrase Origin: US, from the various public health programs that identify a set of steps to follow, as that offered by Alcoholics Anonymous}
115. where does someone get off …, Colloquial what is a person's authority for …: where do you get off telling me I can't go?
{Middle English geten, from Old Norse geta, related to Old English gietan}
getting, noun
gettable, adjective
Usage: The past participle gotten, dialectal in British English, is the standard form in the United States and is gaining currency in Australian English, especially in speech. Some speakers make a distinction between the two forms, using got to express possession or acquisition (I'd already got a copy of the book) and gotten to express a process of becoming (I'd gotten very angry by that stage).

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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