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get

verb  us   /ɡet/ (present participle getting, past participle gotten  /ˈɡɑt·ən/ or got  /ɡɑt/ )

get verb (OBTAIN)

[T] to take something into your possession, or have something happen that you accept or receive: He climbed over the fence to get his ball back. Monique raised her hand to get the teacher’s attention. Can I get you a drink? Dad keeps telling me to get a job. What did you get on the test (= What mark did you receive)? I think she gets (= earns) about $10 an hour. We don’t get much snow in this part of the country (= It does not often snow). [T] To get something often means to buy or pay for it: He went to the store to get milk.

get verb (BECOME)

[L] to become or start to be: Your coffee is getting cold. He’s gotten so big, I hardly recognized him. They’re getting married later this year. Tom got lost in the woods. What time do you get off work? We’d better get going/moving or we’ll be late.

get verb (BECOME ILL WITH)

[T] to become ill with a disease: Everyone seems to be getting the flu.

get verb (CAUSE)

[T] to cause something to be done or persuade someone to do something: The bed is too wide – we’ll never get it through the door. I can’t get this printer to work!

get verb (PREPARE)

[T] to prepare a meal: Why don’t you get supper ready?

get verb (MOVE)

[always + adv/prep] to move in a particular direction: [I] Get away from that wet paint! [I] He got down on his hands and knees to look for his contact lens. [T] Her throat was so sore that she had trouble getting the medicine down (= swallowing it). [I] I hit my head as I was getting into the car. [M] Momma said we have to get these wet clothes off (= remove them). [T] Get your feet off the couch (= move them off it). [always + adv/prep] To get off a road when you are driving means to turn onto another road: [I] Get off the expressway at exit 43. [always + adv/prep] To get off a train, bus, or aircraft is to leave it: [I] Get off at Union Station.

get verb (TRAVEL)

[T] to go into a vehicle or aircraft for traveling: We could call for a taxi or get the bus.

get verb (ARRIVE)

[I always + adv/prep] to arrive at a place or reach a stage in a process: We only got as far as Denver when the car broke down. What time does he normally get home from work? We’re not getting very far (= not advancing) with this computer program, are we?

get verb (UNDERSTAND)

[T] to understand: I think I got the general idea of the chapter. The music was loud and I didn’t get what he said. I never said he was mean – you’ve got it all wrong (= you are confused about this matter).

get verb (CALCULATE)

[T] to calculate the answer to a mathematical problem: What do you get if you divide 20 by 4?

get verb (ANSWER)

[T] to answer a ringing telephone, a knock at the door, etc.: Hey, Juan, someone’s at the door – would you get it, please?

get verb (HIT)

[T] to hit someone, esp. with something thrown or a bullet: My first throw missed, but the second got him in the leg.

get verb (ANNOY)

[T] infml to cause someone to feel slightly angry: It gets me when I have to both cook dinner and clean the dishes.

get verb (CAUSE EMOTIONS)

[T] infml to have an emotional effect on someone: That scene in the movie, when the father and daughter are reunited, always gets me.
(Definition of get from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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