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?

Definitions of get
  1. verb
    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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    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
    get by buying and selling
    acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange
    obtain through effort or management
    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
    come into possession of
    find, recover, regain, retrieve
    get or find back; recover the use of
    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
    acquire for oneself before others can do so
    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
    obtain from someone after their death
    get temporarily
    pick up
    get in addition, as an increase
    get the votes of
    isolate beforehand
    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
    squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer
    hunt frogs for food
    capture or kill, as in hunting
    catch birds by temporarily blinding them
    catch rats, especially with dogs
    ensnare, entrap, snare, trammel, trap
    catch in or as if in a trap
    take in, take up
    extort, wring from
    get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
    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
    buy, select
    subscribe, subscribe to, take
    receive or obtain regularly
    get by trying hard
    receive (a report) officially, as from a committee
    deal stolen goods
    accept, admit, take, take on
    admit into a group or community
    accept gladly
    honor, honour
    accept as pay
    get (a product) from another country or business
    procure, secure
    get by special effort
    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
    obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
    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
    legally take something in place of a debt payment
    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
    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
    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
    cheat or trick
    bring home, take home
    earn as a salary or wage
    rake in, shovel in
    earn large sums of money
    win an athletic letter
    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
    earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
    bear, pay, yield
    bring in
    derive, gain
    rout out, rout up
    get or find by searching
    cut in
    allow someone to have a share or profit
    receive by genetic transmission
    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
    get by acting quickly and smartly
    buy on impulse without proper reflection
    obtain illegally or unscrupulously
    catch up with, make up
    make up work that was missed due to absence at a later point
  2. verb
    receive a specified treatment (abstract)
    “I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions”
    synonyms: find, incur, obtain, receive
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
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    ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  3. verb
    acquire as a result of some effort or action
    “You cannot get water out of a stone”
    “Where did she get these news?”
    grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
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    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  4. verb
    succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
    “We finally got the suspect”
    synonyms: capture, catch
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    recapture, retake
    capture again
    lasso, rope
    catch with a lasso
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    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  5. verb
    “What did you get at the toy store?”
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    buy, purchase
    obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
  6. verb
    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
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    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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    run after, pick up, and bring to the master
    go for and bring back
    bring to a destination, make a delivery
    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
    send to an address
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    channel, channelise, channelize, transfer, transmit, transport
    send from one person or place to another
  7. verb
    achieve a point or goal
    “The Brazilian team got 4 goals”
    synonyms: have, make
    act in a certain way so as to acquire
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    hit, rack up, score, tally
    gain points in a game
  8. verb
    reach by calculation
    “What do you get when you add up these numbers?”
  9. verb
    reach and board
    “She got the bus just as it was leaving”
    arrive, come
    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
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    reach in time
  10. verb
    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)
    experience or feel or submit to
    have one's hair stand on end and get goosebumps
    break down, collapse
    collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
    suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
    break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up
    suffer a nervous breakdown
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    pass through
  11. verb
    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
    grow anew or continue growth after an injury or interruption
    develop suddenly
    sprout, stock
    put forth and grow sprouts or shoots
    stool, tiller
    grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers
    produce leaves, of plants
    produce pods, of plants
    grow teeth; cut the baby teeth
    develop into a pupa
    get up, work up
    have grow through the gums
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  12. verb
    receive as a retribution or punishment
    “He got 5 years in prison”
    synonyms: receive
    suffer from the receipt of
  13. verb
    suffer from the receipt of
    synonyms: catch
    be struck or affected by
    receive as a retribution or punishment
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    ache, hurt, suffer
    feel physical pain
  14. verb
    be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
    synonyms: contract, take
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    catch cold
    come down with a cold
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    come down, sicken
    get sick
  15. verb
    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
    suffer from; be ill with
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    break down, collapse
    collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
    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
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    experience, have, receive
    go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
  16. verb
    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”
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    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  17. verb
    attract and fix
    synonyms: arrest, catch
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    attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in
    direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
  18. verb
    earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher
    synonyms: draw
  19. verb
    make children
    synonyms: beget, bring forth, engender, father, generate, mother, sire
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  20. noun
    a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent
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    a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player
  21. verb
    enter or assume a certain state or condition
    “It must be getting more serious”
    Get going!”
    synonyms: become, go, wax
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    sober, sober up
    become sober after excessive alcohol consumption
    sober, sober up
    become more realistic
    arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
    take effect
    go into effect or become effective or operative
    change from one state to another
    be seized or affected in a specified way
    come into being
    become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet
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    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  22. verb
    move into a desired direction of discourse
    synonyms: aim, drive
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    intend, mean
    mean or intend to express or convey
  23. verb
    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 to speak, understand, read, and write a language
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    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
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    begin again
    strike out
    set out on a course of action
    begin vigorously
    jump off
    set off quickly, usually with success
    get to
    arrive at the point of
    commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck
    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
  24. verb
    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
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    give certain properties to something
  25. verb
    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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    cause to decide
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
    induce or persuade
    incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination
    spur on
    actively cause something to happen
    cause to undertake a certain action
    inspire, instigate, prompt
    serve as the inciting cause of
    induce to commit perjury or give false testimony
    compel, obligate, oblige
    force somebody to do something
    force, thrust
    impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
    pressure or urge someone into an action
    bring around, bring round
    cause to adopt an opinion or course of action
    persuade through constant efforts
    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
    persuade completely, often through coercion
    guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
    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
    use persuasion successfully
    persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting
    try presumptuously
    make walk
    coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
    cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
    clamor, clamour
    compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring
    compel or force into a particular state or activity
    compel through a sense of shame
    apply, enforce, implement
    ensure observance of laws and rules
    enforce, impose
    compel to behave in a certain way
  26. verb
    give certain properties to something
    get someone mad”
    synonyms: make
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    cause to become
    have, let
    cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition
    act or be so as to become in a specified state
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  27. verb
    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
    “She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight”
    synonyms: arrive, come
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    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
    come to rest; settle
    make a forced landing
    land on a beach
    land at or reach a port
    debark, disembark, set down
    go ashore
    touch down
    come or bring (a plane) to a landing
    fall short of (the runway) in a landing
    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
  28. verb
    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
    apprehend and reproduce accurately
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    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
  29. verb
    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
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    perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
  30. verb
    apprehend and reproduce accurately
    “She got the mood just right in her photographs”
    synonyms: catch
    grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
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    recreate a sound, image, idea, mood, atmosphere, etc.
  31. verb
    overcome or destroy
    “The ice storm got my hibiscus”
    “the cat got the goldfish”
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    destroy, ruin
    destroy completely; damage irreparably
  32. verb
    take vengeance on or get even
    “We'll get them!”
    “This time I got him”
    synonyms: fix, pay back, pay off
    make a compensation for
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    get back, get even
    take revenge or even out a score
  33. verb
    reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
    “The blow got him in the back”
    synonyms: catch
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    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  34. verb
    evoke an emotional response
    “Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time”
    get under one's skin
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    stir, touch
    affect emotionally
  35. verb
    leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form
    synonyms: buzz off, scram
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    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
  36. verb
    “Her childish behavior really get to me”
    “His lying really gets me”
    synonyms: get under one's skin
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    annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  37. verb
    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
    set a difficult problem or riddle
    elude, escape
    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
    defy, refuse, resist
    elude, especially in a baffling way
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    bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
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