Synonyms of get in English:
1 where did you get that hat?
2 I got your letter
receive, be sent, be in receipt of, be given
15 I'd like to get to meet him
contrive, arrange, find a way, manage
informal work it, fix it
19 what gets me is how neurotic she is
annoy, irritate, exasperate, anger, irk, vex, provoke, incense, infuriate, madden, try someone's patience, ruffle someone's feathers
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get, acquire, attain, gain, obtain, procure, secure
Get is a very broad term meaning 'to come into possession of.' You can get something by fetching it ( get some groceries), by receiving it ( get a birthday gift), by earning it ( get interest on a bank loan), or by any of a dozen other familiar means. It is such a common, overused word that many writers try to substitute obtain for it whenever possible, perhaps because it sounds less colloquial. But it can also sound pretentious ( all employees were required to obtain an annual physical exam) and should be reserved for contexts where the emphasis is on seeking something out ( to obtain blood samples). Acquire often suggests a continued, sustained, or cumulative acquisition ( to acquire poise as one matures), but it can also hint at deviousness ( to acquire the keys to the safe). Use procure if you want to emphasize the effort involved in bringing something to pass ( procure a mediated divorce settlement) or if you want to imply maneuvering to possess something ( procure a reserved parking space). But beware: Procure is so often used to describe the act of obtaining partners to gratify the lust of others ( to procure a prostitute) that it has acquired somewhat unsavory overtones. Gain also implies effort, usually in getting something advantageous or profitable ( gain entry; gain victory). In a similar vein, secure underscores the difficulty involved in bringing something to pass and the desire to place it beyond danger ( secure a permanent peace; secure a lifeline). Attain should be reserved for achieving a high goal or desirable result ( if she attains the summit of Mt. Everest, she will secure for herself a place in mountaineering history).
get away with
get back at
- she wasted years of her life thinking about getting back at her ex-husbandtake revenge on, exact/wreak revenge on, avenge oneself on, take vengeance on, get even with, pay back, retaliate on/against, exact retribution on, give someone their just deserts
- do us a favor and get lost! See scram
- 1.1 we got on the trainboard, enter, step aboard, climb on, mount, ascend, catchinformal hop on, jump on
get on with
get out of
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