Definition of get in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡet/

verb (gets, getting; past got /ɡät/; past participle got or gotten /ˈɡätn/)

1 [with object] Come to have or hold (something); receive: I got the impression that she wasn’t happy
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  • We're getting about 18 hours of sunshine each day.
  • It is all about community effort and we are getting more and more community effort.
  • She gets a rock star reception in shopping malls, often being asked to stop for photographs or to sign autographs.
acquire, obtain, come by, receive, gain, earn, win, come into, take possession of, be given;
buy, purchase, procure, secure;
gather, collect, pick up, hook, net, land;
achieve, attain
informal get one's hands on, get one's mitts on, get hold of, grab, bag, score
retrieve, regain, win back, recover, recoup, reclaim, repossess, recapture, redeem;
find (again), trace
1.1Experience, suffer, or be afflicted with (something bad): I got a sudden pain in my left eye
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  • Recently I have been getting a serious pain on my left side.
  • I had gotten my life's fair dose of suffering.
  • I was getting a really bad sensation in my fingers and it felt like I was walking on gravel.
experience, suffer, be afflicted with, sustain, feel, have
1.2Receive as a punishment or penalty: I’ll get the sack if things go wrong
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  • However, down the street a further two if not three disabled parkers had also got fixed penalty tickets.
  • If he had an ounce of honour he would walk, and consider himself lucky that is all the punishment he gets.
  • If caught what punishment will they get, so many hours, be a good boy, don't do it again till next time?
1.3Contract (a disease or ailment): I might be getting the flu
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  • She felt like she was getting a thousand diseases just from their second-hand smoke.
  • He has fears about the risks of getting more serious asbestos disease.
  • It is like an injection, as when someone gets lumbago and receives a shot.
succumb to, develop, come/go down with, get sick with, fall victim to, be struck down with, be afflicted by/with;
become infected with, catch, contract, fall ill with, be taken ill with
2 [with object] Succeed in attaining, achieving, or experiencing; obtain: I need all the sleep I can get
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  • But he had gotten a very clear look at the man's face, and a better estimate of his height and weight.
  • Opening her car door and stepping out, Toni got a clearer glimpse of the woman.
  • In Greece the Communist Party got 9 percent of the vote, holding on to its three MEPs.
earn, be paid, take home, bring in, make, receive, collect, gross
informal pocket, bank, rake in, net, bag
2.1Move in order to pick up or bring (something); fetch: get another chair [with two objects]: I’ll get you a drink
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  • We got the ladder and brought it back around the front with intentions to leave it on the patio, which is enclosed.
  • It was understood that when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door.
  • Someone from reception gets the resuscitation kit and calls the other two doctors consulting that evening.
fetch, collect, go for, call for, pick up, bring, deliver, convey, ferry, transport
2.2Tend to meet with or find in a specified place or situation: it was nothing like the winters we get in Florida
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  • You get kids throwing bricks at windows all the time, but you don't go out and kill them.
  • If you say anything to them you get abuse thrown back at you and it's becoming a disgusting area.
  • We still get people who have no interest except that they are having something for free.
2.3Travel by or catch (a bus, train, or other form of transport): I’ll get a taxi and be home in an hour
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  • The transport system in Kingston isn't so bad that getting the bus or train is not an option.
  • At the last minute, Keith decided not to get the train and instead got a later metro.
  • Further down Oxford Street we got a Victoria Line train from Bond Street to Euston.
travel by/on/in;
take, catch, use
2.4Obtain (a figure or answer) as a result of calculation.
Example sentences
  • He drew pictures instead of making calculations, and somehow got the right answers.
  • Add 3 + 9 + 3 to get 15.
  • In the first two expressions, she multiplied before dividing, getting 9 as an answer for the first expression and 6 for the second.
2.5Respond to a ring of (a telephone or doorbell) or the knock on (a door): I’ll get it!
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  • Get the door for me will you, please?
  • In the meantime, make a rule that if you will always take out the trash, she will always get the phone.
2.6 [in imperative] informal Said as an invitation to notice or look at someone, especially to criticize or ridicule them: get her!
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  • Get you, having breakfast at ten thirty am.
  • Ooh! Get her! Want to be left alone, love?
3 [no object] Enter or reach a specified state or condition; become: he got very worried it’s getting late [with past participle]: you’ll get used to it
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  • I have got half a dozen great slow, huge songs, but I kind of get bored of playing them live.
  • So after a while, you sort of get used to all of the little things on the car.
  • But every waking hour the competition in the mobile communications market gets tougher.
3.1 [as auxiliary verb] Used with a past participle to form the passive mood: the cat got groomed
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  • Are we surprised that the message from sensible speeches gets drowned out when appeals to the basest fears of a crowd always bring the loudest cheer?
  • He got robbed at gunpoint in Mexico.
  • The president seems weirdly ignorant of how stuff gets done in DC.
3.2 [with object] Cause to be treated in a specified way: get the form signed by a doctor
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  • Depending on the number of people there we'll limit the number of things I'll sign, in order that everyone gets something signed.
  • It said it would press the contractors to get the Bilbrough work completed as soon as possible.
  • We do move heaven and earth to try to get the post delivered at least the next day.
3.3 [with object] Induce or prevail upon (someone) to do something: Sophie got Beth to make a fire
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  • And if you could get him to nip round with a feather duster, I would be most grateful.
  • At the end of the day, there is nothing like a good old British tragedy to get us to rally round and buy some papers.
  • The latest scam is to get us to sign a contract agreeing to longer shifts to cover up for staff shortages.
persuade, induce, prevail on/upon, influence
3.4 [no object, with infinitive] Have the opportunity to do: he got to try out a few of these new cars
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  • I got to meet him first hand and to know him a little bit in the short period of time.
  • Sue had been perfectly outraged that Astrid had gotten to go meet Ian first.
contrive, arrange, find a way, manage
informal work it, fix it
3.5 [no object, with present participle or infinitive] Begin to be or do something, especially gradually or by chance: we got talking one evening
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  • I can't remember how our friendship got going, but before we knew it we were thick as thieves.
  • Let's get moving.
  • We didn't go out on dates as such but we met up and we got talking.
4 [no object] Come, go, or make progress eventually or with some difficulty: I got to the airport they weren’t going to get anywhere
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  • His knee eventually healed and he got back into pro football, not as a player but as a head coach for his old team.
  • Once the tram gets there, the car is nowhere to be seen.
  • Some kids spent 7-8 hours getting home on the bus.
arrive, reach, come, make it, turn up, appear, come on the scene, approach, enter, present oneself, come along, materialize, show one's face
informal show (up), roll in/up, blow in
return, come home, come back
4.1Move or come into a specified position, situation, or state: she got into the car
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  • It came as a relief to his conscience as Jake moved, trying to get back on his feet.
  • Women have fought long and hard to get into positions that men hold within the leadership of the church.
  • There isn't much room, and you have to wait for everyone to get into position before you hit.
4.2 [with object] Succeed in making (someone or something) come, go, or make progress: my honesty often gets me into trouble
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  • In just over an hour, however, they succeeded in getting the pontoons into place and began the inflation process.
  • How are we going to get the animals across the river?
  • I said hello and took his arm, while his daughter took the other, and we managed to get him to the top of the steps.
4.3 informal, chiefly North American Reach a specified point or stage: it’s getting so I can’t even think
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  • His vision was blurred and his speech was getting so that hardly anyone could understand him.
  • It got so I couldn't come back from my trips empty-handed.
4.4 [usually in imperative] informalUS Go away.
Example sentences
  • Turn out the light and get.
5 (have got) see have.
6 [with object] Catch or apprehend (someone): the police have got him
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  • One assailant grabbed him and got him in a headlock while an accomplice pulled the wallet out of his trouser pocket.
  • It wasn't the dog that got him, it was a man, police said.
  • Thomas managed to get Chris, who was still laughing, into a headlock.
apprehend, catch, arrest, capture, seize;
take prisoner, take into custody, detain, put in jail, put behind bars, imprison, incarcerate
informal collar, grab, nab, nail, run in, pinch, bust, pick up, pull in
6.1Strike or wound (someone) with a blow or missile: you got me in the eye!
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  • Another guy came up at me and he took a swing and got me in the arm.
  • I was going to get him in the nose but when he saw my fist coming he moved.
  • I got him on the neck, but it was a lucky shot.
6.2 informal Punish, injure, or kill (someone), especially as retribution: I’ll get you for this!
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  • We get our enemies and punish their crimes, but the crimes of our friends go unpunished.
  • You little rat, I'll get you for that!
  • Anna has troubles of her own - including a little brother who's out to get her.
6.3 (get it) informal Be punished, injured, or killed: wait until Dad comes home, then you’ll get it!
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  • Be glad that I'm busy writing at the moment, because if I wasn't, you'd get it!
  • What a waste when somebody gets it and it ain't even their fault.
6.4 (get mine, his, etc.) informal Be killed or appropriately punished or rewarded: I’ll get mine, you get yours, we’ll all get wealthy
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  • But as one Pennsylvania retiree put it, ‘We refuse to accept this concept of ‘you got yours, now back off.’
  • ‘Hey,’ they hiss at us now, ‘I got mine, you get yours - adios chump.’
  • That would be the ‘I got mine, pull up the ladder school of government’, which sadly seems to be the dominant perspective these days.
6.5 informal Annoy or amuse (someone) greatly: cleaning the same things all the time, that’s what gets me
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  • What really gets me is how insipid the parents are.
  • How much has the fact that your game slipped over the past year been burning you inside? Deeply. It gets me.
annoy, irritate, exasperate, anger, irk, vex, provoke, incense, infuriate, madden, try someone's patience, ruffle someone's feathers
informal aggravate, peeve, miff, rile, get to, needle, get someone's back up, get on someone's nerves, get someone's goat, drive mad, make someone see red, tee off, tick off
6.6 informal Baffle (someone): “What’s a ‘flowery boundary tree’?” “You got me.”
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  • What is an annuity? No, you got me there.
baffle, perplex, puzzle, bewilder, mystify, bemuse, confuse, confound
informal flummox, faze, stump, beat, fox, discombobulate
7 [with object] informal Understand (an argument or the person making it): What do you mean? I don’t get it
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  • It's almost a revolution, get me?
  • I don't have a family, you get it?
  • Perhaps he got what I meant, perhaps he did not.
hear, discern, distinguish, make out, perceive, follow, take in
understand, comprehend, grasp, see, fathom, follow, perceive, apprehend, unravel, decipher
informal get the drift of, catch on to, latch on to, figure out
8 [with object] archaic Acquire (knowledge) by study; learn: knowledge which is gotten at school


1 dated An animal’s offspring: he passes this on to his get
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  • He's the son of the well-known Driftwood Ike, and his get are much sought-after by rodeo hands across the country.
2British informal, dialect A person whom the speaker dislikes or despises.
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  • Stupid get! O my God, how you stick yourself I'll never know!
  • I can't stand that other smarmy get.



(as) —— as all get out

North American informal To a great or extreme extent: he was stubborn as all get out
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  • I'm descriptive as all get out when it comes to how people speak, but once those words are on paper and there's a grade involved, I turn in to the Prescriptive Grammar Queen.
  • He's cute, dead sexy, funny as all get out, smart, single, and he lives 2,000 miles away.
  • The team ownership was spectacular, and while many of the promotions were campy as all get out, they never did anything halfway.

be out to get someone

Be determined to punish or harm someone, especially in retaliation: he thinks the media are out to get him
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  • I disagree with people who say that the media is out to get him.
  • These men, these boys were out to get me from the beginning.
  • The story is full of lies and distortions written by a well-known liberal who is out to get us.

get in there

informal Take positive action to achieve one’s aim (often said as an exhortation): you get in there, son, and you work
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  • Defending Press Freedom meant backing up to the best of my lawful ability a journalist who had got in there and done their job on our behalf.
  • I had people behind me telling I could do it and supporting me, and so I just got in there and worked and I'm thankful for it.
  • We got in there and once again hit the ground running.

get it on

informal Have sexual intercourse.
Example sentences
  • Looking around, I started to get bored and started thinking about getting it on with my girlfriend the night before.
  • Instead, he wore the $5,000 watch that she gave him around town and told everyone that he is getting it on with her.
  • You're supposed to be saving lives not getting it on with your roommate.

get it up

vulgar slang (Of a man) achieve an erection.

get out the vote

US Engage in efforts intended to encourage people to vote in an election: he gave a final exhortation to his volunteers to get out the vote [as modifier]: his political organization was able to mobilize its get-out-the-vote campaign


Pronunciation: /ˌɡetˌriCHˈkwik/
derogatory Designed or concerned to make a lot of money fast: another one of your get-rich-quick schemes
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  • An elderly Swindon woman has narrowly escaped being duped into sending money to a dubious get-rich-quick scheme.
  • They didn't waste time on get-rich-quick schemes or waste money on expensive cars or trying to win the lottery.
  • From the security of their own homes, many sneer at the get-rich-quick crowd that lost money when the tech bubble burst.


Pronunciation: /ˌɡedəp(ə)nˈɡō/
informal Energy, enthusiasm, and initiative.
Example sentences
  • Ambition, a spirit of get-up-and-go and a sense of pride in our community were all we had to rely on to drag ourselves up to a better standard of living.
  • He is a new man, full of vigour and get-up-and-go.
  • Here we have a company with entrepreneurial spirit and get-up-and-go.
drive, initiative, enterprise, enthusiasm, eagerness, ambition, motivation, dynamism, energy, gusto, vim, vigor, vitality, verve, fire, fervor, zeal, commitment, spirit
informal gumption, oomph, pep

Phrasal verbs


get something across

Manage to communicate an idea clearly.
Example sentences
  • We help people express things more clearly, get their ideas across while learning a bit more about the structure of the English language.
  • They must be able to communicate effectively in order to motivate others and get their ideas across.
  • He clearly got the message across, because soon afterwards a listener, Adriana, rang the station to say he had won her vote.
communicate, impart, convey, transmit, make clear, express

get ahead

Become successful in one’s life or career: how to get ahead in advertising
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  • Rumor has it she resorted using the charms to get ahead in both her career and her love life.
  • Have you dedicated the last ten years to getting ahead in your career and the rewards that come with that?
  • All women need to get ahead and be successful is their own determination!
prosper, flourish, thrive, do well;
succeed, make it, advance, get on in the world, go up in the world, make good, become rich
informal go places, get somewhere, make the big time

get along

1Have a harmonious or friendly relationship: they seem to get along pretty well
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  • He is very friendly and loving and gets on with other dogs so could be homed with a family who have a dog already.
  • It is a very friendly club and everyone gets on well with each other.
  • She was a very pleasant and friendly lady and got on well in her job.
be friendly, be compatible, get on;
agree, see eye to eye, concur, be in accord
informal hit it off, be on the same wavelength
be friendly, be compatible, get along;
agree, see eye to eye, concur, be in accord
informal hit it off, be on the same wavelength
2Manage to live or survive: don’t worry, we’ll get along without you
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  • As they scramble from one temporary residence to another, they manage to get along, and in the process fall in love.
  • She was more worried about him getting along in the ‘real world’.
  • The churches should, in fact, be avoiding triumphalistic claims about how well they have managed things and/or how poorly everyone else is getting along.

get around

1Coax or persuade (someone) to do or allow something that they initially do not want to.
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  • Her hope was that by convincing her mother to allow her to go, she would thus get around her father.
  • I know how to get around you and get my way now!
  • You're not getting round me that easily.
2Deal successfully with (a problem).
Example sentences
  • This is a potential political disaster for the administration unless it gets around and deals with this issue effectively.
  • There has been some largely successful effort put into getting around the aforementioned level problem.
  • To get round that, City could offer to extend the current deal for another week.
2.1Evade (a regulation or restriction) without contravening it: the company changed its name to get around the law
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  • They checked the backpack for me, so at least I got round the weight restrictions (thus far - two flights to go).
  • But won't these people who give those large sums find other ways to get around these new restrictions that you seek to impose?
  • As long as individual member states act alone, organized crime will find a way to get around each member's regulations.

get around to (or chiefly British round to)

Deal with (a task) in due course: I didn’t get around to putting all the photos in frames
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  • We're sure she's getting round to dealing with that, though.
  • Louise had stored the mementos in a deep drawer, always planning to put them in albums and scrapbooks, and of course, never getting around to it.
  • Stephen informs me that the award they won was for the 2001 edition and in due course we hope to get round to some quotes and list of titles.

get at

1Reach or gain access to (something): it’s difficult to get at the screws
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  • It was possible to actually reach in and get at the components of your engine.
  • I use an old toothbrush to get at those hard to reach areas.
  • I want machines with easy access so I can get at parts that need fixing.
access, get to, reach, touch
1.1Bribe or unfairly influence (someone): he had been got at by government officials
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  • So there are these faceless men there in Reykjavik, and it affects the American side too because they begin to be affected by this and they wonder whether they're being got at in some way.
  • It occurs to me that any of those seven judges could have been got at.
corrupt, suborn, influence, bribe, buy off, pay off
informal fix, square
2 informal Imply (something): I can see what you’re getting at
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  • It's a curious image and I guess this is what you're getting at when you suggest that we are natural born cyborgs?
  • You would be hard pressed to not have someone that doesn't know what point I am getting at or trying to allude to.
  • This gets at what ethical egoists intend, while skirting the issue of constraints on moral theories.
imply, suggest, intimate, insinuate, hint, mean, drive at, allude to

get away

Escape: Stevie was caught, but the rest of us got away he was very lucky to get away with his life
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  • He said the robbers got away in a car which had been stolen earlier and was later found burned out.
  • He was challenged by a neighbour as he fled and there was a brief struggle, but the robber managed to get away.
  • His accomplice that night got away scot free; after all, Lorraine was only 13 at the time.
escape, run away/off, break out, break free, break loose, bolt, flee, take flight, make off, take off, decamp, abscond, make a run for it;
slip away, sneak away
informal cut and run, skedaddle, do a disappearing act
7.1Leave one’s home or work for a time of rest or recreation; go on a vacation: it will be nice to get away

get away with

Escape blame, punishment, or undesirable consequences for (an act that is wrong or mistaken): you’ll never get away with this
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  • It should not be thought that by getting away with such conduct punishment will not follow.
  • The effect on her character development if she gets away with blaming him will actually be much worse.
  • He got away with so much for so long and he has lived with this for 27 years and hurt so many people.
escape blame for, escape punishment for

get back at

Take revenge on (someone): I wanted to get back at them for what they did
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  • Before, he had come here for revenge; to get back at those who had destroyed his life.
  • He gives me an evil look like he's cooking up a revenge plan to get back at me.
  • When he has the orbs, he finally has the ability to get back at all the people he thinks harmed him, and is just completely driven by hate.
take 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

get back to

Contact (someone) later to give a reply or return a message: I’ll find out and get back to you
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  • The last point of contact still hasn't got back to me so I'll be hassling them tonight.
  • As promised I'm getting back to you with our response which is officially No Comment.
  • The support contact is a friendly enough person - he gets back to me quickly and seems genuinely interested in helping me out.

get by

Manage with difficulty to live or accomplish something: he had just enough money to get by
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  • I'd cleaned the house thoroughly early in the day and Dolly and I had managed to get by with only minimal mess.
  • He's somehow managed to get by without being eliminated, but his number looks likely to be up very soon.
  • They leave these matters to others and get by somehow, often living from hand to mouth, day to day.
manage, cope, survive, exist, subsist, muddle through/along, scrape by, make ends meet, make do, keep the wolf from the door
informal make out

get down

North American informal Enjoy oneself by being uninhibited, especially with friends in a social setting: get down and party!
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  • We were getting down on the dance floor when the song changed and Joe disappeared.
  • Check out Scooby getting down and funky on the dance floor.
  • I braved five different dance classes to get the lowdown on getting down.

get someone down

Depress or demoralize someone.
Example sentences
  • ‘It's upsetting and it really gets me down,’ she said.
  • It got me down though I don't think I'm of a depressive disposition.
  • Living in a loft is getting us down; we are both really depressed by it.
depress, sadden, make unhappy, make gloomy, dispirit, dishearten, demoralize, discourage, crush, weigh down, oppress;
upset, distress
informal give someone the blues, make someone fed up

get something down

1Write something down.
Example sentences
  • We're not really writing songs but just getting ideas down as fast as we can before we forget them.
  • He continued to write but getting the words down on to the page became increasingly difficult.
  • When you write for an audience, you get your thoughts down on paper, seek feedback and revise extensively.
2Swallow food or drink, especially with difficulty.
Example sentences
  • It took me a little longer to get these drinks down, but I managed just fine.
  • I have been trying to catch up on sleep and get some food down me and spend time with my mum.
  • He was sick and the vet had recommended baby food to help him get some medicine down.

get down to

Begin to do or give serious attention to: let’s get down to business
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  • Astor got down to more serious business the following afternoon.
  • Hadn't we known all about these rate rise fears long before we got down to the serious business of the millennium festivities?
  • As the sun came out everyone got down to some serious fishing.

get in

1(Of a train, aircraft, or other transport) arrive at its destination: the train got in late
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  • I've not really seen much of it as the train only got in at nine after a delay somewhere around Dusseldorf.
  • What if the train gets in too late and the tube isn't running?
  • I'm a bit disappointed that my flight out is mid Friday afternoon, which allowing for time differences gets in at 8pm.
1.1(Of a person) arrive at one’s destination: what time did you get in?
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  • James and I took the train down here last night and got in at about six this morning.
  • Mummy and Daddy arrived just minutes after I got in late this afternoon.
  • Dr. Lee is arriving by airplane and is little late getting in from Salt Lake, but he should be here shortly.
2(Of a political party or candidate) be elected.
Example sentences
  • If the Labor party gets in, it is almost certain that she will be far more influential than she would ever have been just sitting on the balance of power.
  • However, it is not correct to say that if a racist party gets in, it is the fault of non-voters, and that they had won by default.
  • It really doesn't make any difference whether the Labour Party gets in or the Conservative Party.

get in on

Become involved in (a profitable or exciting activity).
Example sentences
  • Now, you may be thinking, this sounds like the sort of project he would get in on.
  • Libraries have also been getting in on the act with book quizzes and other activities to help youngsters experience the magic of reading.
  • Now large insurers have begun getting in on what many consider to be the future of health insurance.

get into

(Of a feeling) affect, influence, or take control of (someone): I don’t know what’s got into him
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  • So here I am, sitting on my bed, wondering what could have possibly gotten into him.
  • Jax had no idea what had gotten into him tonight, but whatever it was, he had certainly liked it.
  • I don't know what has gotten into him, he seemed sane six years ago, but there is no way he is sane now.

get in with

Become friendly with (someone), especially in order to gain an advantage: I hope he doesn’t get in with the wrong crowd
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  • He was more than a little annoyed at Matt for destroying his chances of getting in with what was obviously the ‘in’ crowd.
  • When he was about 15, he got in with a new group of friends and after many arguments decided to leave home.
  • But it wasn't long before she got in with the wrong crowd, keen to ingratiate herself with her peers, and befriended the bullies themselves.

get off

1 informal Escape a punishment; be acquitted: she got off lightly you’ll get off with a warning
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  • Whenever they are caught they seem to get off with little or no punishment at all and just end up laughing at the system.
  • He confessed to police and was lucky to get off with a bond.
  • In fact its believed that up to 60% of current Green Mile inmates would get off with a life sentence if investigated properly.
escape punishment, be acquitted, be absolved, be cleared, be exonerated
2North American vulgar slang Have an orgasm.

get off on

informal Be excited or aroused by (something): he was obviously getting off on the adrenaline of performing before the crowd
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  • In fact, I love it when my partner gets off on what I wear: it turns me on to know that I am turning him on.
  • He was really getting off on that, but that wasn't the main event.
  • It's a bit different, but it has lots of nerdy functions that we're getting off on.

get on

1Perform or make progress in a specified way: how are you getting on?
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  • Sirka did as she was instructed, and with the help of Aden, she managed to get on.
  • I suppose I was selfish, in that everything was geared towards getting on in my career.
  • I'm just a pilot trying to get on in my career, so suddenly I find myself with very little to move on to.
fare, manage, progress, get along, do, cope, get by, survive, muddle through/along;
succeed, prosper
informal make out
1.1Continue doing something, especially after an interruption: I’ve got to get on with this job
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  • Kimi just looks politely bored, waiting to get on with his interrupted conversation.
  • We value time, we are pressed to get on with the job, to deliver the goods, to increase productivity.
  • He said it was important that the very busy base now had to get on with day-to-day life and continue its vital role.
continue (with), proceed with, go ahead with, carry on with, go on with, press on with, persist with/in, persevere with;
keep at
informal stick with/at
2chiefly British another way of saying get along.
3 (be getting on) informal Be old or comparatively old: we are both getting on a bit
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  • It's hard to know, but I was in my 30s and some of the other were getting on too, but it's hard to say.
  • The couple said they were getting on, and they thought they'd better move near their daughter so she could look after them.
  • Therefore, most participants were getting on in years.

get on to

chiefly British Make contact with (someone) about a particular topic.
Example sentences
  • I got in contact with Guinness in Dublin and they got on to their reps in California and the tap was installed.
  • He said any victim who wanted to seek advice could contact him in Wexford or get on to any other Right of Place branch.
  • The company got on to Airtours in Manchester and explained the problem.
contact, get in touch with, communicate with, make contact with, reach;
phone, call, radio;
speak to, talk to
informal get hold of

get out

1(Of something previously secret) become known: news got out that we were coming
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  • He touches on the territorialism that occurs when the local's secret gets out and a treasure is discovered by the outside world.
  • She mentally whispered the last part, as if she didn't want her secret getting out.
  • Property prices have dropped since the news got out and people are annoyed, verging on being angry.
become known, become common knowledge, come to light, emerge, transpire;
come out, be uncovered, be revealed, be divulged, be disseminated, be disclosed, be reported, be released, leak out
2 (also get out of here) [in imperative] informal, chiefly North American Used to express disbelief: get out, you’re a liar
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  • On second thought, Congressional genius? Get out of here.
2.1 [usually in imperative] informal Go away; leave.
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  • I want you to pack up your things and get out!
  • They were saying, ‘get out of there, get out!’
escape, run away/off, break out, break free, break loose, get away, bolt, flee, take flight, make off, take off, decamp, abscond, make a run for it;
slip away, sneak away
informal cut and run, skedaddle, do a disappearing act

get something out

Succeed in uttering, publishing, or releasing something: we need to get this report out by Friday
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  • I have watched that market with amazement and have solidly resisted efforts of my Chinese publishing friends to get my book out in Chinese.
  • Part of this is simply due to the rush to get products out in an ever-tightening release cycle.
  • It's a wonder any books get published at all, what with the lack of interest that publishing companies show in getting them out into the world.

get out of

Contrive to avoid or escape (a duty or responsibility): they wanted to get out of paying
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  • Every time they think they've got out of the contract, they get pulled back in again.
  • I don't remember what I said, but I made some excuse to get out of going.
  • We went into business together once, but it didn't work out the way we hoped and we got out of it.
evade, dodge, shirk, avoid, escape, sidestep
informal duck (out of), wriggle out of, cop out of

get something out of

Achieve benefit from (an undertaking or exercise): we never got any money out of it
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  • Not a lot of dancing going on here but I guarantee that the people that want to put a lot of effort into an exercise class in the pool will get huge benefits out of it.
  • I really get a buzz out of someone achieving something, it's great when you see them finally do it.
  • Now I try to ride the crest of the wave more, but I got a lot out of almost drowning a few times.

get over

1Recover from (an ailment or an upsetting or startling experience): the trip will help him get over Sal’s death
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  • We just have to put it down to experience, get over it and get the necessary points required.
  • I went a few years ago and I haven't yet got over the experience.
  • The girl got over her shock and started laughing and other people joined in aware that she was unharmed.
recover from, recuperate from, get better after, shrug off, survive
2Overcome (a difficulty).
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  • The montage serves to show Josey's difficulty in getting over, or at least learning to live with, what happened earlier.
  • We talk a lot about my difficulties with conversation and she suggests strategies for getting over them, some of which are more useful than others.
  • Jake hadn't been entirely pleased when Brian had been the one to help solve the case but he got over it.
overcome, surmount, get the better of, master, find an/the answer to, get a grip on, deal with, cope with, sort out, take care of, crack, rise above
informal lick

get something over

1Manage to communicate an idea or theory: the company is keen to get the idea over
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  • Re-making of subtitled horror films is just a way of getting a decent idea over to a lazy demographic that studios want to make some money off of.
  • Textbooks aim to get ideas over so that graduates are capable of understanding the technical literature.
  • You know I was the first in space, not these astronauts, but I couldn't get the ideas over to the people.
2Complete an unpleasant or tedious but necessary task promptly: come on, let’s get it over with
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  • We have deliberately chosen to depart from this tradition in the interests of getting these painful necessities over quickly and without visual distraction.
  • The voters who did go to the polls seemed to be in a frame of mind which said, ‘OK, let's get it over - one more time, but you'd better deliver.’
  • The overloaded judges are often more interested in getting the trial over with than in determining the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

get through

1 (also get someone through) Pass or assist someone in passing (a difficult or testing experience or period): I need these lessons to get me through my exam
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  • Now it's all turning, and everything that we did to get us through that very difficult period is benefiting us.
  • These boys will have to get us through a difficult period.
  • ‘I managed to wangle that,’ he admits, ‘I'm experienced, and that got me through.’
1.1 (also get something through) (With reference to a piece of legislation) become or cause to become law.
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  • We believe we're going to be successful in getting this legislation through, because it just makes good common sense.
  • Actually, the issue is about getting this legislation through before the summer holidays begin, so that we can keep children safe in our community.
  • I am proud to be part of this Government, which is getting this legislation through tonight.
2Make contact by telephone: after an hour of busy signals, I finally got through
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  • I could never get through on the telephone, because it was always tied up.
  • After calling twice more and getting busy signals, I finally got through, but was told that they couldn't check on my order because their site was down.
  • I finally got through to someone who told me that we would be getting additional compensation, though he didn't know what, and that it would be mailed to me.
2.1Succeed in communicating with someone in a meaningful way: I just don’t think anyone can get through to these kids
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  • Somehow the excitement was infectious and it managed to get through to me.
  • Some of them have real issues that have to be addressed before you can get through to them.
  • I felt that I had never really managed to get through to him what I was doing, why I was doing it, it just didn't really feel right with him.

get to

1 informal Annoy or upset (someone) by persistent action: he started crying—we were getting to him
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  • It only occurred to me later how much it all got to me and how the drink affected the way I played.
  • I couldn't, wouldn't, let him know that he was getting to me.
2 another way of saying get around to above.

get together

Gather or assemble socially or to cooperate.
Example sentences
  • It was quite a mythical fusion of local bands and collectives getting together and being creative.
  • We have all donated individually but collectively we want to get together and do something quite big.
  • Every fortnight they get together to socialise and work on different projects.
collect, gather, assemble, bring together, rally, muster, marshal, congregate, convene, amass
formal convoke
meet, meet up, rendezvous, see each other, socialize

get up

1 (also get someone up) Rise or cause to rise from bed after sleeping.
Example sentences
  • Nothing else in the world would have got us up before 8 am on a Saturday morning but this.
  • We got him up, don't remember what time, but we had him go to a friend's house.
  • So I got her up, changed her nappy, and put her down to play with toys.
get out of bed, rise, stir, rouse oneself
informal surface
formal arise
2(Of wind or the sea) become strong or agitated.
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  • Just before he played, the wind got up and blew a plastic bag into the sand.
  • The power went off on Tuesday afternoon just as the wind was getting up.
  • It's cold, a storm is brewing, the wind is getting up and there's no gold in this here pan.

get something up

1Prepare or organize a project or piece of work: we used to get up little plays
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  • That means the developers really can only get projects up in the windiest sites.
  • So in a prior life as an environmental activist, I used to have to almost cherry-pick my news organisations if I wanted to get a story up.
  • A function was got up to honour the nurses who had served for 30 years and the meritorious students of the nursing course with shields and certificates.
2Enhance or refine one’s knowledge of a subject.
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  • He would devote studious hours to getting up the subjects to be discussed.
  • I learned to hunt through libraries, to get up a subject, to quarry for material or opinions.



Pronunciation: /ˈɡedəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • We kept Todmorden down to a gettable score but we batted poorly, and recently we've just got worse.
  • It would be all so simple and easily gettable.
  • Mistakes then began to creep in as the pressure rose, including Brough scuffing a gettable penalty, and the game began to slowly eke away.


Middle English: from Old Norse geta 'obtain, beget, guess'; related to Old English gietan (in begietan 'beget', forgietan 'forget'), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin praeda 'booty, prey', praehendere 'get hold of, seize', and Greek khandanein 'hold, contain, be able'.

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