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verb (REACH)    /ɡet/ (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US gotten)
A1 [I usually + adv/prep, T] to reach or arrive at a particular place: We hadn't even got as far as London when the car broke down. What time does he normally get home (from work)? If you get to the restaurant before us, just wait at the bar.Arriving, entering and invading [I usually + adv/prep] to reach a particular stage, condition, or time: You earn loads if you get to the top in that profession. It got to Thursday and she still hadn't heard any news.informal I'm getting to the stage now where I just want to give up.Starting and beginningStarting again get far/somewhere/anywhere to make progress or to improve: She's taking flute lessons, but she really doesn't seem to be getting anywhere with it. It's been hard settling in, but I feel I'm getting somewhere at last.Making progress and advancingBecoming better 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 moreGrammar:Get or go?Get and go have similar meanings, when talking about travel or motion. When we use get, we emphasise arrival:See more
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