Meaning of “get” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /ɡet/ present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got, US gotten
Extra Examples
What happens if we can't get enough tickets?Could you get some coffee when you next go to the supermarket?I'm just nipping down the road to get a paper.Throw those gloves away and get some new ones.I'm going to get a drink - I'm thirsty.

A1 to obtain or buy something:

Great shoes. Where did you get them?
I need to get some bread on the way home.
[ + two objects ] I'll try to get you a ticket.

A2 to go somewhere and bring back someone or something:

Wait here while I get the car.

A1 to receive something or be given something:

Did you get anything nice for your birthday?
Guy still hasn't got my email yet.

B2 to understand something:

He never gets any of my jokes.
get into/off/through, etc

B1 to move somewhere:

Get over here right now!
get sth into/down/out, etc

to move something somewhere:

Could you get that bowl down from the shelf for me?
get here/there/to the bank, etc

A1 to arrive somewhere:

What time do you normally get home from work?
get sb/sth to do sth

B2 to make someone or something do something:

Sorry, I couldn't get the window to shut properly.
We might be able to get dad to pay.
get to do sth

B2 to have an opportunity to do something:

I never get to sit in the front seat.
get sick/rich/wet, etc

B1 to become sick/rich/wet, etc:

We should go. It's getting late.
get caught/killed/married, etc

B1 to have something done to you

get sth painted/repaired, etc

B1 to arrange for someone to do something for you, usually for money:

I need to get my hair cut.
get cancer/flu/malaria, etc

B1 to become sick or develop an illness:

I feel like I'm getting a cold.
get a bus/train, etc

A1 to travel somewhere on a bus/train, etc:

Maybe we should get a taxi home.
get the phone/door informal

B1 to answer someone calling on the telephone or waiting at the door:

Can you get the phone?

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