Definition of “get” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /ɡet/ present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got, US gotten

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.

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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)