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English definition of “get”

get

verb
 
 
/ɡet/ (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got, US gotten)
OBTAIN [T] 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.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of thingsBuying and selling in general
BRING [T] A2 to go somewhere and bring back someone or something: Wait here while I get the car.Transferring and transporting objects
RECEIVE [T] A1 to receive something or be given something: Did you get anything nice for your birthday? Guy still hasn't got my email yet.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
UNDERSTAND [T] B2 to understand something: He never gets any of my jokes.Understanding and comprehending
get into/off/through, etc B1 to move somewhere: Get over here right now!General words for movement
get sth into/down/out, etc to move something somewhere: Could you get that bowl down from the shelf for me?General words for movement
get here/there/to the bank, etc A1 to arrive somewhere: What time do you normally get home from work?Arriving, entering and invadingGeneral words for movement
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.Causing things to happenUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
get to do sth B2 to have an opportunity to do something: I never get to sit in the front seat.Opportunity Freedom to act
get sick/rich/wet, etc B1 to become sick/rich/wet, etc: We should go. It's getting late.Being and falling ill
get caught/killed/married, etc B1 to have something done to youStarting and beginningStarting again
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.Causing things to happen
get cancer/flu/malaria, etc B1 to become sick or develop an illness: I feel like I'm getting a cold.Being and falling ill
get a bus/train, etc A1 to travel somewhere on a bus/train, etc: Maybe we should get a taxi home.Boarding and alighting from modes of transportTravelling
get the phone/door informal B1 to answer someone calling on the telephone or waiting at the door: Can you get the phone?Communicating by telephone
(Definition of get from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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