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verb (CAUSE)    /ɡet/ (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US gotten)
B1 [T] to cause something to happen, or cause someone or something to do something: [+ adj] She had to get the kids ready for school. [+ past participle] I'm trying to get this article finished for Thursday. We get our milk delivered. [+ -ing verb] Haven't you got the photocopier working yet? [+ to infinitive] I can't get my computer to work! B2 [T + obj + to infinitive ] to persuade someone to do something: Why don't you get Nicole to come to the party? [T + past participle] to do something to something or someone without intending to or by accident: He got his bag caught in the train doors as they were closing. I always get the two youngest sisters' names confused. 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 more
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