Meaning of “get to” in the English Dictionary

"get to" in British English

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get to

phrasal verb with get uk /ɡet/ us /ɡet/ verb present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US usually gotten

B2 UK You ask where people or things have got to when they do not arrive or are not where you expect them to be and you want to know where they are:

I wonder where my glasses have got to.
Where's Annabel got to? She should be here by now.

More examples

  • Where did you get to last night? I was expecting you.
  • I don't know where my brother can have got to. He was due an hour ago.
  • Where can my shoes have got to? I can't find them anywhere.
  • He always disappears at this time on a Friday, but I don't know where he gets to.
  • She couldn't think where her keys had got to.

(Definition of “get to” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"get to" in American English

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get toauxiliary verb

get to auxiliary verb (HAVE CHANCE)

present participle getting, past tense and past participle got /ɡɑt/ , past participle gotten /ˈɡɑt·ən/ got to have an opportunity to do something:

I never get to see her now that she’s moved to California.
I’d like to get to know you better – could we have dinner sometime?

get to auxiliary verb (BEGIN)

to begin to do or be:

You’re getting to be just like your mother.

(Definition of “get to” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)