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Meaning of get

get

Pronunciation: (get), [key]
— v., n. got gat got got•ten get•ting,
—v.t.
  1. to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of: to get a birthday present; to get a pension.
  2. to cause to be in one's possession or succeed in having available for one's use or enjoyment; obtain; acquire: to get a good price after bargaining; to get oil by drilling; to get information.
  3. to go after, take hold of, and bring (something) for one's own or for another's purposes; fetch: Would you get the milk from the refrigerator for me?
  4. to cause or cause to become, to do, to move, etc., as specified; effect: to get one's hair cut; to get a person drunk; to get a fire to burn; to get a dog out of a room.
  5. to communicate or establish communication with over a distance; reach: You can always get me by telephone.
  6. to hear or hear clearly: I didn't get your last name.
  7. to acquire a mental grasp or command of; learn: to get a lesson.
  8. to capture; seize: Get him before he escapes!
  9. to receive as a punishment or sentence: to get a spanking; to get 20 years in jail.
  10. to prevail on; influence or persuade: We'll get him to go with us.
  11. to prepare; make ready: to get dinner.
  12. (esp. of animals) to beget.
  13. to affect emotionally: Her pleas got me.
  14. to hit, strike, or wound: The bullet got him in the leg.
  15. to kill.
  16. to take vengeance on: I'll get you yet!
  17. to catch or be afflicted with; come down with or suffer from: He got malaria while living in the tropics. She gets butterflies before every performance.
  18. to puzzle; irritate; annoy: Their silly remarks get me.
  19. to understand; comprehend: I don't get the joke. This report may be crystal-clear to a scientist, but I don't get it.
—v.i.
  1. to come to a specified place; arrive; reach: to get home late.
  2. to succeed, become enabled, or be permitted: You get to meet a lot of interesting people.
  3. to become or to cause oneself to become as specified; reach a certain condition: to get angry; to get sick.
  4. (used as an auxiliary verb fol. by a past participle to form the passive): to get married; to get elected; to get hit by a car.
  5. to succeed in coming, going, arriving at, visiting, etc. (usually fol. by away, in, into, out, etc.): I don't get into town very often.
  6. to bear, endure, or survive (usually fol. by through or over): Can he get through another bad winter?
  7. to earn money; gain.
  8. to leave promptly; scram: He told us to get.
  9. to start or enter upon the action of (fol. by a present participle expressing action): to get moving; Get rolling.
  10. He gets about with difficulty since his illness.
    1. to move about; be active:He gets about with difficulty since his illness.
    2. to become known; spread:It was supposed to be a secret, but somehow it got about.
    3. to be socially active:She's been getting about much more since her family moved to the city.Also,get around.
  11. to get a lesson across to students.
    1. to make or become understandable; communicate:to get a lesson across to students.
    2. to be convincing about; impress upon others:The fire chief got across forcefully the fact that turning in a false alarm is a serious offense.
  12. to be successful, as in business or society: She got ahead by sheer determination.
  13. The taxi got ahead of her after the light changed.
    1. to move forward of, as in traveling:The taxi got ahead of her after the light changed.
    2. to surpass; outdo:He refused to let anyone get ahead of him in business.
    1. to go away; leave.
    2. Seeget on.
  14. I don't get around much anymore.
    1. to circumvent; outwit.
    2. to ingratiate oneself with (someone) through flattery or cajolery.
    3. to travel from place to place; circulate:I don't get around much anymore.
    4. Seeget about.
  15. to stretch in order to get at a top shelf.
    1. to reach; touch:to stretch in order to get at a top shelf.
    2. to suggest, hint at, or imply; intimate:What are you getting at?
    3. to discover; determine:to get at the root of a problem.
    4. Informal.to influence by surreptitious or illegal means; bribe:The gangsters couldn't get at the mayor.
  16. He tried to get away, but the crowd was too dense.
    1. to escape; flee:He tried to get away, but the crowd was too dense.
    2. to start out; leave:The racehorses got away from the starting gate.
  17. to perpetrate or accomplish without detection or punishment: Some people lie and cheat and always seem to get away with it.
  18. When will you get back?
    1. to come back; return:When will you get back?
    2. to recover; regain:He got back his investment with interest.
    3. to be revenged:She waited for a chance to get back at her accuser.
  19. to get by a police barricade.
    1. to succeed in going past:to get by a police barricade.
    2. to manage to exist, survive, continue in business, etc., in spite of difficulties.
    3. to evade the notice of:He doesn't let much get by him.
  20. The kitten climbed the tree, but then couldn't get down again.
    1. to bring or come down; descend:The kitten climbed the tree, but then couldn't get down again.
    2. to concentrate; attend:to get down to the matter at hand.
    3. to depress; discourage; fatigue:Nothing gets me down so much as a rainy day.
    4. to swallow:The pill was so large that he couldn't get it down.
    5. to relax and enjoy oneself completely; be uninhibited in one's enjoyment:getting down with a bunch of old friends.
  21. See (def. 22).
  22. They wanted to get going on the construction of the house.
    1. to begin; act:They wanted to get going on the construction of the house.
    2. to increase one's speed; make haste:If we don't get going, we'll never arrive in time.
  23. He forgot his key and couldn't get in.
    1. to go into a place; enter:He forgot his key and couldn't get in.
    2. to arrive; come:They both got in on the same train.
    3. to become associated with:He got in with a bad crowd.
    4. to be chosen or accepted, as for office, membership, etc.:As secretary of the club, his friend made sure that he got in.
    5. to become implicated in:By embezzling money to pay his gambling debts quickly, he was getting in further and further.
  24. You'll get it for breaking that vase!
    1. to be punished or reprimanded:You'll get it for breaking that vase!
    2. to understand or grasp something:This is just between us, get it?
  25. . to experience orgasm.
  26. a rock group really getting it on with the audience.
    1. Informal.to work or perform with satisfying harmony or energy or develop a strong rapport, as in music:a rock group really getting it on with the audience.
    2. Slang (vulgar). to have sexual intercourse.
  27. , to achieve an erection of the penis.
  28. A good lawyer might get you off.
    1. to escape the consequences of or punishment for one's actions.
    2. to help (someone) escape punishment:A good lawyer might get you off.
    3. to begin a journey; leave:He got off on the noon flight.
    4. to leave (a train, plane, etc.); dismount from (a horse); alight.
    5. to tell (a joke); express (an opinion):The comedian got off a couple of good ones.
    6. Informal.to have the effrontery:Where does he get off telling me how to behave?
    7. Slang (vulgar). to experience orgasm.
    8. to experience or cause to experience a high from or as if from a drug.
    9. to cause to feel pleasure, enthusiasm, or excitement:a new rock group that gets everyone off.
  29. to become enthusiastic about or excited by: After years of indifference, she's getting off on baseball.
  30. She simply can't get on with her brothers.
    1. to make progress; proceed; advance.
    2. to have sufficient means to manage, survive, or fare.
    3. to be on good terms; agree:She simply can't get on with her brothers.
    4. to advance in age:He is getting on in years.
  31. Get out of here! We had to get out of the bus at San Antonio.
    1. to leave (often fol. by of&hasp;):Get out of here! We had to get out of the bus at San Antonio.
    2. to become publicly known:We mustn't let this story get out.
    3. to withdraw or retire (often fol. by of&hasp;):He decided to get out of the dry goods business.
    4. to produce or complete:Let's get this work out!
  32. to get over an illness.
    1. to recover from:to get over an illness.
    2. Seeget across.
  33. See
  34. See (def. 11).
  35. to reach one's goal; succeed: He wanted to be a millionaire but he died before he got there.
  36. I tried to call you last night, but I couldn't get through.
    1. to succeed, as in meeting, reaching, or contacting by telephone (usually fol. by to):I tried to call you last night, but I couldn't get through.
    2. to complete; finish:How he ever got through college is a mystery.
    3. to make oneself understood:One simply cannot get through to her.
  37. It was too late by the time he got to the authorities.
    1. to get in touch or into communication with; contact:It was too late by the time he got to the authorities.
    2. Informal.to make an impression on; affect:This music really gets to you.
    3. to begin:When he gets to telling stories about the war, there's no stopping him.
  38. to get together a portfolio of 20 stocks.
    1. to accumulate; gather:to get together a portfolio of 20 stocks.
    2. to congregate; meet:The alumnae chapter gets together twice a year.
    3. to come to an accord; agree:They simply couldn't get together on matters of policy.
  39. to get up an exhibit.
    1. to sit up or stand; arise.
    2. to rise from bed.
    3. to ascend or mount.
    4. to prepare; arrange; organize:to get up an exhibit.
    5. to draw upon; marshal; rouse:to get up one's courage.
    6. to acquire a knowledge of.
    7. (to a horse) go! go ahead! go faster!
    8. to dress, as in a costume or disguise:She got herself up as an astronaut.
    9. to produce in a specified style, as a book:It was got up in brown leather with gold endpapers.
  40. She's got a new car. Have you got the tickets?
    1. to possess or own; have:She's got a new car. Have you got the tickets?
    2. must (fol. by an infinitive):He's got to get to a doctor right away.
    3. to suffer from:Have you got a cold?
—n.
  1. an offspring or the total of the offspring, esp. of a male animal: the get of a stallion.
  2. a return of a ball, as in tennis, that would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent.
  3. What's your week's get?
    1. something earned, as salary, profits, etc.:What's your week's get?
    2. a child born out of wedlock.

get

Pronunciation: (get), [key]
— pl. git•tin gi•tim
  1. a legal document, executed by a rabbi or Jewish court of law, dissolving the marriage bond between husband and wife.
  2. a divorce granted in accordance with Jewish law.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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