Translation of "get" - English-French dictionary


verb /ɡet/ (past tense got /ɡot/, past participle got, American gotten /ˈɡotn/)

to receive or obtain

I got a letter this morning.

to bring or buy

Please get me some food.

to (manage to) move, go, take, put etc

(faire) parvenir
He couldn’t get across the river
I got the book down from the shelf.

to cause to be in a certain condition etc

(se) placer
You’ll get me into trouble.

to become

You’re getting old.

to persuade

I’ll try to get him to go.

to arrive

When did they get home?

to succeed (in doing) or to happen (to do) something

arriver à
I’ll soon get to know the neighbours
I got the book read last night.

to catch (a disease etc)

She got measles last week.

to catch (someone)

The police will soon get the thief.

to understand

I didn’t get the point of his story.
getaway noun

an escape

(de) fuite
The thieves made their getaway in a stolen car
(also adjective) a getaway car.
get-together noun

an informal meeting.

He’s going to a get-together with some of his former workmates.
get-up noun

clothes, usually odd or unattractive

She wore a very strange get-up at the party.
be getting on for

to be close to (a particular age, time etc)

avoir/être près de
He must be getting on for sixty at least.
get about

(of stories, rumours etc) to become well known

se répandre
I don’t know how the story got about that she was leaving.

to be able to move or travel about, often of people who have been ill

se déplacer
She didn’t get about much after her operation.
get across

to be or make (something) understood

(se) faire comprendre
The lecturer was struggling to get his point across.
get after

to follow

If you want to catch him, you had better get after him at once.
get ahead

to make progress; to be successful

avancer, faire des progrès
If you want to get ahead, you must work hard.
get along (often with with)

to be friendly or on good terms (with someone)

s’entendre (avec)
I get along very well with him
The children just cannot get along together.
get around

(of stories, rumours etc) to become well known

I don’t know how the story got around that she was leaving her job.

(of people) to be active or involved in many activities

être actif
He really gets around, doesn’t he!
get at

to reach (a place, thing etc)

The farm is very difficult to get at because it is so remote.

to suggest or imply (something)

What are you getting at?

to point out (a person’s faults) or make fun of (a person)

s’en prendre à
He’s always getting at me.
get away

to (be able to) leave

(être libre de) partir
I usually get away (from the office) at four-thirty.

to escape

The thieves got away in a stolen car.
get away with

to do (something bad) without being punished for it

s’en tirer (sans ennuis)
Murder is a serious crime and people rarely get away with it.
get back

to move away

The policeman told the crowd to get back.

to retrieve

She eventually got back the book she had lent him.
get by

to manage

se débrouiller
I can’t get by on such a small salary.
get down

to make (a person) sad

Working in this place really gets me down.
get down to

to begin to work (hard) at

se mettre à
I must get down to work tonight, as the exams start next week.
get in

to send for (a person)

faire venir
The television is broken – we’ll need to get a man in to repair it.
get into

to put on (clothes etc)

Get into your pyjamas.

to begin to be in a particular state or behave in a particular way

se mettre (en colère)
He got into a temper.

to affect strangely

I don’t know what has got into him
get nowhere

to make no progress

n’arriver à rien
You’ll get nowhere if you follow his instructions.
get off

to take off or remove (clothes, marks etc)

I can’t get my boots off
I’ll never get these stains off (my dress).

to change (the subject which one is talking, writing etc about)

s’éloigner (de)
We’ve rather got off the subject.
get on

to make progress or be successful

How are you getting on in your new job?

to work, live etc in a friendly way

(bien) s’entendre (avec)
We get on very well together
I get on well with him.

to grow old

se faire vieux
Our doctor is getting on a bit now.

to put (clothes etc) on

Go and get your coat on.

to continue doing something

I must get on, so please don’t interrupt me
I must get on with my work.
get on at

to criticize (a person) continually or frequently

être toujours après (qqn)
My wife is always getting on at me.
get out

to leave or escape

sortir, s’échapper
No-one knows how the lion got out.

(of information) to become known

se répandre
I’ve no idea how word got out that you were leaving.
get out of

to (help a person etc to) avoid doing something

(se) soustraire à
I wonder how I can get out of washing the dishes
How can I get him out of going to the party?
get over

to recover from (an illness, surprise, disappointment etc)

se remettre
I’ve got over my cold now
I can’t get over her leaving so suddenly.

to manage to make (oneself or something) understood

(se) faire comprendre
We must get our message over to the general public.

(with with) to do (something one does not want to do)

en finir avec
I’m not looking forward to this meeting, but let’s get it over (with).
get round

to persuade (a person etc) to do something to one’s own advantage

She can always get round her grandfather by giving him a big smile.

to solve (a problem etc)

We can easily get round these few difficulties.
get (a)round to

to manage to (do something)

arriver à
I don’t know when I’ll get round to (painting) the door.
get there

to succeed or make progress

There have been a lot of problems but we’re getting there.
get through

to finish (work etc)

We got through a lot of work today.

to pass (an examination).

Luckily she got through her history test.

to arrive, usually with some difficulty

The food got through to the fort despite the enemy’s attempts to stop it.

to make oneself understood

se faire comprendre
I just can’t get through to her any more.
get together

to meet

se réunir
We usually get together once a week.
get up

to (cause to) get out of bed

se/faire lever
I got up at seven o’clock
Get John up at seven o’clock.

to stand up.

(se) lever
Terry got up and walked over to the window.

to increase (usually speed).

prendre (de la vitesse)
We soon got up to maximum speed.

to arrange, organize or prepare (something)

We must get up some sort of celebration for him when he leaves.
get up to

to do (something bad)

faire (des bêtises)
He’s always getting up to mischief.

(Translation of “get” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)