get

Get is one of those little words with a hundred applications. A common meaning is fetch, as in, go get a dictionary off the shelf.

Get means to catch, or grab. If you get a cold, someone passed it on to you. If you get an idea, that means you understand it. Get can also be used to talk about directions. If you want someone to get out of a room, you want them to leave. If you sleep on the sidewalk, the police will make you get up. Get is also short for beget, or make children. How many children will you get?

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: get

1
vn
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent
2
v
enter or assume a certain state or condition
3
v
reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
4
v
grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
5
v
overcome or destroy
6
v
leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form
7
v
irritate
8
v
be a mystery or bewildering to
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: get
1

v come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

“She got a lot of paintings from her uncle”
Get your results the next day”
Get permission to take a few days off from work”
Synonyms:
acquire
find, incur, obtain, receive
receive a specified treatment (abstract)
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isolate
obtain in pure form
get back, win back
recover something or somebody that appeared to be lost
express, extract, press out
obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action
capture, catch
capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
come by, come into
obtain, especially accidentally
buy, purchase
obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
charter, engage, hire, lease, rent, take
engage for service under a term of contract
have, receive
get something; come into possession of
turn
get by buying and selling
buy
acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange
find
obtain through effort or management
glom
seize upon or latch onto something
come upon, enter upon, luck into
take possession of
come up, find, get hold, line up
get something or somebody for a specific purpose
accept, have, take
receive willingly something given or offered
obtain
come into possession of
find, recover, regain, retrieve
get or find back; recover the use of
catch
get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
recoup, recover, recuperate
regain or make up for
reclaim, repossess
claim back
find, regain
come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
acquire, gain, win
win something through one's efforts
bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
earn, garner
acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
benefit, gain, profit
derive a benefit from
partake, partake in, share
have, give, or receive a share of
preempt
acquire for oneself before others can do so
preempt
gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land)
call for, collect, gather up, pick up
gather or collect
inherit
obtain from someone after their death
borrow
get temporarily
pick up
get in addition, as an increase
poll
get the votes of
preisolate
isolate beforehand
carry
secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions)
hunt, hunt down, run, track down
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
dig up, excavate, turn up
find by digging in the ground
ream
squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer
frog
hunt frogs for food
bag
capture or kill, as in hunting
batfowl
catch birds by temporarily blinding them
rat
catch rats, especially with dogs
ensnare, entrap, snare, trammel, trap
catch in or as if in a trap
take in, take up
accept
extort, wring from
get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
kite
get credit or money by using a bad check
hit, stumble
encounter by chance
buy back, repurchase
buy what had previously been sold, lost, or given away
take
buy, select
subscribe, subscribe to, take
receive or obtain regularly
hustle
get by trying hard
accept
receive (a report) officially, as from a committee
fence
receive stolen goods
accept, admit, take, take on
admit into a group or community
welcome
accept gladly
honor, honour
accept as pay
source
get (a product) from another country or business
procure, secure
get by special effort
extract
get despite difficulties or obstacles
take out
obtain by legal or official process
get in, get into
secure a place in a college, university, etc.
eke out, squeeze out
obtain with difficulty
eke out, squeeze out
make by laborious and precarious means
access
obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
graduate
receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies
bum, cadge, grub, mooch, sponge
ask for and get free; be a parasite
buy out, buy up, take over
take over ownership of; of corporations and companies
distrain
legally take something in place of a debt payment
foreclose
subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage
profit, turn a profit
make a profit; gain money or materially
cash in on
take advantage of or capitalize on
profiteer
make an unreasonable profit, as on the sale of difficult to obtain goods
capitalise, capitalize, take advantage
draw advantages from
rake off
take money from an illegal transaction
feel
find by testing or cautious exploration
locate, turn up
discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining
attain, chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, discover, fall upon, happen upon, light upon, strike
find unexpectedly
pick up
buy casually or spontaneously
cozen
cheat or trick
bring home, take home
earn as a salary or wage
rake in, shovel in
earn large sums of money
letter
win an athletic letter
pyramid
enlarge one's holdings on an exchange on a continued rise by using paper profits as margin to buy additional amounts
clear, net, sack, sack up
make as a net profit
gross
earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
bear, pay, yield
bring in
derive, gain
obtain
rout out, rout up
get or find by searching
cut in
allow someone to have a share or profit
inherit
receive by genetic transmission
shop
do one's shopping
buy food, take out
purchase prepared food to be eaten at home
adopt, borrow, take over, take up
take up and practice as one's own
snag
get by acting quickly and smartly
impulse-buy
buy on impulse without proper reflection
grab
obtain illegally or unscrupulously
catch up with, make up
make up work that was missed due to absence at a later point

v receive a specified treatment (abstract)

“I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions”
Synonyms:
find, incur, obtain, receive
acquire
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
Types:
take
ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v acquire as a result of some effort or action

“You cannot get water out of a stone”
“Where did she get these news?”
Synonyms
catch
grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
Type of:
acquire
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

“We finally got the suspect”
Synonyms:
capture, catch
Types:
recapture, retake
capture again
lasso, rope
catch with a lasso
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

v purchase

“What did you get at the toy store?”
Type of:
buy, purchase
obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction

v go or come after and bring or take back

Get me those books over there, please”
Synonyms:
bring, convey, fetch
bring, convey, take
take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
Antonyms:
bear away, bear off, carry away, carry off, take away
remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state
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retrieve
run after, pick up, and bring to the master
retrieve
go for and bring back
deliver
bring to a destination, make a delivery
misdeliver
deliver to the wrong address
process, serve, swear out
deliver a warrant or summons to someone
discharge, drop, drop off, put down, set down, unload
leave or unload
consign
send to an address
Type of:
channel, channelise, channelize, transfer, transmit, transport
send from one person or place to another

v achieve a point or goal

“The Brazilian team got 4 goals”
Synonyms:
have, make
make
act in a certain way so as to acquire
Type of:
hit, rack up, score, tally
gain points in a game

v reach by calculation

“What do you get when you add up these numbers?”

v reach and board

“She got the bus just as it was leaving”
Synonyms
arrive, come
reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
Type of:
catch
reach in time

v go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

get an idea”
get nauseous”
Synonyms:
experience, have, receive
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have, suffer, sustain
undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
take
experience or feel or submit to
horripilate
have one's hair stand on end and get goosebumps
break down, collapse
collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
cramp
suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up
suffer a nervous breakdown
Type of:
undergo
pass through

v come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

“I got funny spots all over my body”
Synonyms:
acquire, develop, grow, produce
acquire, develop, evolve
gain through experience
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feather, fledge
grow feathers
regrow
grow anew or continue growth after an injury or interruption
spring
develop suddenly
sprout, stock
put forth and grow sprouts or shoots
stool, tiller
grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers
leaf
produce leaves, of plants
pod
produce pods, of plants
teethe
grow teeth; cut the baby teeth
pupate
develop into a pupa
get up, work up
develop
cut
have grow through the gums
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v receive as a retribution or punishment

“He got 5 years in prison”
Synonyms:
receive
catch
suffer from the receipt of

v suffer from the receipt of

Synonyms:
catch
catch
be struck or affected by
receive
receive as a retribution or punishment
Type of:
ache, hurt, suffer
feel physical pain

v be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

“He got AIDS”
Synonyms:
contract, take
catch
contract
Types:
catch
contract
catch cold
come down with a cold
Type of:
come down, sicken
get sick

v undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)

“She got a bruise on her leg”
“He got his arm broken in the scuffle”
Synonyms:
have, suffer, sustain
have
suffer from; be ill with
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break down, collapse
collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
cramp
suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up
suffer a nervous breakdown
drop like flies
rapidly collapse, die, or drop out in large numbers
fall over, go over
fall forward and down
Type of:
experience, have, receive
go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

v communicate with a place or person; establish communication with, as if by telephone

“Bill called this number and he got Mary”
“The operator couldn't get Kobe because of the earthquake”
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v attract and fix

Synonyms:
arrest, catch
Type of:
attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in
direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

v earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher

Synonyms:
draw
Type of:
effect, effectuate, set up
produce

v make children

Synonyms:
beget, bring forth, engender, father, generate, mother, sire
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

n a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent

Type of:
return
a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player
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v enter or assume a certain state or condition

“It must be getting more serious”
Get going!”
Synonyms:
become, go
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sober, sober up
become sober after excessive alcohol consumption
sober, sober up
become more realistic
work
arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
take effect
go into effect or become effective or operative
run
change from one state to another
take
be seized or affected in a specified way
break
come into being
settle
become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

v move into a desired direction of discourse

Synonyms:
aim, drive
Type of:
intend, mean
mean or intend to express or convey

v take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

Get working as soon as the sun rises!”
“Let's get down to work now”
Synonyms:
begin, commence, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
begin
begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
Antonyms:
end, terminate
bring to an end or halt
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recommence
begin again
strike out
set out on a course of action
fall
begin vigorously
jump off
set off quickly, usually with success
get to
arrive at the point of
auspicate
commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck
attack
set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task
break in
start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role
launch, plunge
begin with vigor
come on
occur or become available
embark, enter
set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)
bestir oneself, get cracking, get going, get moving, get rolling, get started, get weaving
start to be active
take up
pursue or resume

v cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition

“He got his squad on the ball”
“He got a girl into trouble”
Synonyms:
have, let
Type of:
make
give certain properties to something

v cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

“My children finally got me to buy a computer”
Synonyms:
cause, have, induce, make, stimulate
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decide
cause to decide
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
bring
induce or persuade
solicit
incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination
encourage
spur on
let
actively cause something to happen
lead
cause to undertake a certain action
inspire, instigate, prompt
serve as the inciting cause of
suborn
induce to commit perjury or give false testimony
compel, obligate, oblige
force somebody to do something
force, thrust
impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
hustle
pressure or urge someone into an action
bring around, bring round
cause to adopt an opinion or course of action
badger
persuade through constant efforts
sell
persuade somebody to accept something
chat up
talk to someone with the aim of persuading him
talk into
persuade somebody to do something
rope in
draw in as if with a rope; lure
blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
convert, convince, win over
make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something
brainwash
persuade completely, often through coercion
give
guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
assure
assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence
charm, influence, tempt
induce into action by using one's charm
prevail
use persuasion successfully
drag
persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting
tempt
try presumptuously
make, score, seduce
induce to have sex
walk
make walk
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
clamor
compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring
condemn
compel or force into a particular state or activity
shame
compel through a sense of shame
apply, enforce, implement
ensure observance of laws and rules
enforce, impose
compel to behave in a certain way

v give certain properties to something

get someone mad”
Synonyms:
make
Types:
render
cause to become
have, let
cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition
leave
act or be so as to become in a specified state
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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v reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

“She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight”
Synonyms:
arrive, come
Antonyms:
go away, go forth, leave
go away from a place
exit, get out, go out, leave
move out of or depart from
depart, leave, pull up stakes
remove oneself from an association with or participation in
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land, set down
reach or come to rest
drive in
arrive by motorcar
bring down, land, put down
cause to come to the ground
land, set ashore, shore
arrive on shore
roll up
arrive in a vehicle: "He rolled up in a black Mercedes"
come, come in
be received
attain, hit, reach
reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
flood in
arrive in great numbers
draw in, get in, move in, pull in
of trains; move into (a station)
plump in
arrive suddenly and unannounced
alight, light, perch
to come to rest, settle
force-land
make a forced landing
beach
land on a beach
port
land at or reach a port
debark, disembark, set down
go ashore
touch down
come or bring (a plane) to a landing
undershoot
fall short of (the runway) in a landing
belly-land
land on the underside without the landing gear
crash land
make an emergency landing
max out
reach a maximum
break even
attain a level at which there is neither gain nor loss, as in business, gambling, or a competitive sport
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v grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of

“did you get it?”
“She didn't get the joke”
“I just don't get him”
Synonyms:
catch
catch
apprehend and reproduce accurately
Type of:
understand
know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

v perceive by hearing

“She didn't get his name when they met the first time”
Synonyms:
catch
catch, overhear, take in
hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
Type of:
hear
perceive (sound) via the auditory sense

v apprehend and reproduce accurately

“She got the mood just right in her photographs”
Synonyms:
catch
catch
grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
Type of:
reproduce
recreate a sound, image, idea, mood, atmosphere, etc.
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v overcome or destroy

“The ice storm got my hibiscus”
“the cat got the goldfish”
Type of:
destroy, ruin
destroy completely; damage irreparably

v take vengeance on or get even

“We'll get them!”
“This time I got him”
Synonyms:
fix, pay back, pay off
pay
make a compensation for
Type of:
get back, get even
take revenge or even out a score

v reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot

“The blow got him in the back”
Synonyms:
catch
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v evoke an emotional response

“Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time”
Synonyms
get under one's skin
irritate
Type of:
stir, touch
affect emotionally
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v leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form

Synonyms:
bugger off, buzz off, fuck off, scram
Type of:
go away, go forth, leave
go away from a place
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v irritate

“Her childish behavior really get to me”
“His lying really gets me”
Synonyms:
get under one's skin
Type of:
annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
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v be a mystery or bewildering to

Got me--I don't know the answer!”
Synonyms:
amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
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mix up, stump
cause to be perplexed or confounded
riddle
set a difficult problem or riddle
elude, escape
be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
defy, refuse, resist
elude, especially in a baffling way
Type of:
bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
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