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English definition of “get”


verb [always + adv/prep] (MOVE)   /ɡet/ (present participle getting, past participle gotten  /ˈɡɑt·ən/ or got  /ɡɑt/)
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). To get off a road when you are driving means to turn onto another road : [I] Get off the expressway at exit 43. To get off a train , bus , or aircraft is to leave it: [I] Get off at Union Station .
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