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get

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 my self (= 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.Grammar: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:Grammar:Get meaning ‘become’We commonly use get + adjective to mean ‘become’ or to describe a change of state or situation:Grammar: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:Grammar: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:
(Definition of get verb (OBTAIN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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