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verb (OBTAIN)    /ɡet/ (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US gotten)
A1 [T] to obtain, buy, or earn something: He's gone down to the corner shop to get some milk. I think she gets about £40,000 a year. We stopped off on the way to get some breakfast. I managed to get all three suitcases for under $200. How much did he get for his car? (= How much money did he sell it for?) Where did you get your radio from?Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things A1 [T] to receive or be given something: I got quite a surprise when I saw her with short hair. When did you get the news about Sam? I got a phone call from Phil last night. What grade did he get for the exam? I got the impression that they'd rather be alone. What did you get for your birthday? We don't get much snow (= it does not often snow) here. I managed to get a glimpse of him (= see him for a moment) through the crowds. If you get a moment (= have time available), could you help me fill in that form? She gets such pleasure from her garden. If you can get some time off work, we could finish the decorating. I can never get her to myself (= be alone with her) because she's always surrounded by people.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things A2 [T] to go somewhere and bring back someone or something: I must just get the washing in. [+ two objects] Can I get you a drink?Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things [T] to take someone or something into your possession by force: Have the police got the man who did it yet? Your cat got a bird this morning!Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things Grammar:GetGet is an irregular verb. Its three parts are get, got, got. In American English, the -ed form gotten is common.See moreGrammar:Get meaning ‘fetch’, ‘receive’, ‘obtain’We commonly use get + object or get + indirect object + direct object when we mean, very generally, ‘fetch’ or ‘receive’ or ‘obtain’. In these examples the object is underlined:See moreGrammar:Get meaning ‘become’We commonly use get + adjective to mean ‘become’ or to describe a change of state or situation:See moreGrammar:Get describing negative eventsWe can use get + -ed form to describe things that happen to us, often things which are unfortunate and which we don’t want to happen. We call this pattern the get passive:See moreGrammar:Get meaning ‘cause something to happen’When we use get + object (o) + -ed form, we say that we cause something to happen or to be done. It is a less formal way of saying have something done:See more
(Definition of get verb (OBTAIN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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