Definitions and meaning of get
- IPA(key): /ɡɛt/, /ɡɪt/
- Rhymes: -ɛt
From Middle English geten, from Old Norse geta, from Proto-Germanic *getaną (compare Old English ġietan, Old High German pigezzan (“to uphold”), Gothic 𐌱𐌹𐌲𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 (bigitan, “to find, discover”)), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰed- (“to seize”).
get (third-person singular simple present gets, present participle getting, simple past got or (archaic) gat, past participle gotten or (England, Australia, New Zealand) got or (Geordie) getten)
- (ditransitive) To obtain; to acquire.
- (transitive) To receive.
- (transitive, in a perfect construction, with present-tense meaning) To have. See usage notes.
- (transitive) To fetch, bring, take.
- Get thee out from this land.
- (copulative) To become, or cause oneself to become.
- November 1, 1833, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Table Talk
- His chariot wheels get hot by driving fast.
- (transitive) To cause to become; to bring about.
- (transitive) To cause to do.
- (transitive) To cause to come or go or move.
- (intransitive, with various prepositions, such as into, over, or behind; for specific idiomatic senses see individual entries get into, get over, etc.) To adopt, assume, arrive at, or progress towards (a certain position, location, state).
- (transitive) To cover (a certain distance) while travelling.
- (intransitive) To begin (doing something or to do something).
- (transitive) To take or catch (a scheduled transportation service).
- (transitive) To respond to (a telephone call, a doorbell, etc).
- (intransitive, followed by infinitive) To be able, be permitted, or have the opportunity (to do something desirable or ironically implied to be desirable).
- (transitive, informal) To understand. (compare get it)
- (transitive, informal) To be told; be the recipient of (a question, comparison, opinion, etc.).
- (informal) To be. Used to form the passive of verbs.
- (transitive) To become ill with or catch (a disease).
- (transitive, informal) To catch out, trick successfully.
- (transitive, informal) To perplex, stump.
- (transitive) To find as an answer.
- (transitive, informal) To bring to reckoning; to catch (as a criminal); to effect retribution.
- (transitive) To hear completely; catch.
- (transitive) To getter.
- (now rare) To beget (of a father).
- 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, page 310:
- Walter had said, dear God, Thomas, it was St fucking Felicity if I'm not mistaken, and her face was to the wall for sure the night I got you.
- (archaic) To learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; sometimes with out.
- (imperative, informal) Used with a personal pronoun to indicate that someone is being pretentious or grandiose.
- 1966, Dorothy Fields, If My Friends Could See Me Now (song)
- Brother, get her! Draped on a bedspread made from three kinds of fur!
- 2007, Tom Dyckhoff, Let's move to ..., The Guardian:
- Money's pouring in somewhere, because Churchgate's got lovely new stone setts, and a cultural quarter (ooh, get her) is promised.
- (intransitive, informal, chiefly imperative) To go, to leave; to scram.
- 1991, Theodore Dreiser, T. D. Nostwich, Newspaper Days, University of Pennsylvania Press →ISBN, page 663
- Get, now — get! — before I call an officer and lay a charge against ye.
- 1952, Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds, Me and Flapjack and the Martians
- I had a sneaking suspicion that it wasn't no flashlight and I wasn't too curious, just then, to find out what would happen if he did more than wave it at me, so I got. I went back about twenty feet or so and watched.
- 2010, Sarah Webb, The Loving Kind, Pan Macmillan →ISBN:
- 'Go on, get. You look a state. We can't let Leo see you like that.'
- 2012, Paul Zindel, Ladies at the Alamo, Graymalkin Media (→ISBN):
- Now go on, get! Get! Get! (she chases Joanne out the door with the hammer.)
- 2016, April Daniels, Dreadnought, Diversion Books (→ISBN):
- " […] and then I'll switch over to the police band to know when the bacon's getting ready to stick its nose in. When I tell you to get, you get, understand?" Calamity asks as she retapes the earbud into her ear.
- (euphemistic) To kill.
- They’re coming to get you, Barbara.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To make acquisitions; to gain; to profit.
- (transitive) To measure.
- The meaning "to have" is found only in perfect tenses but has present meaning; hence "I have got" has the same meaning as "I have". (Sometimes the form had got is used to mean "had", as in "He said they couldn't find the place because they'd got the wrong address".) In speech and in all except formal writing, the word "have" is normally reduced to /v/ and spelled "-'ve" or dropped entirely (e.g. "I got a God-fearing woman, one I can easily afford", Slow Train, Bob Dylan), leading to nonstandard usages such as "he gots" = "he has", "he doesn't got" = "he doesn't have".
- Some dialects (e.g. American English dialects) use both gotten and got as past participles, while others (e.g. dialects of Southern England) use only got. In dialects that use both, got is used for the meanings "to have" and "to have to", while gotten is used for all other meanings. This allows for a distinction between "I've gotten a ticket" (I have received or obtained a ticket) vs. "I've got a ticket" (I currently have a ticket).
- "get" is one of the most common verbs in English, and the many meanings may be confusing for language learners. The following table indicates some of the different constructions found, along with the most common meanings of each:
- (obtain): acquire, come by, have
- (receive): receive, be given
- (fetch): bring, fetch, retrieve
- (become): become
- (cause to become): cause to be, cause to become, make
- (cause to do): make
- (arrive): arrive at, reach
- (go, leave): get out go, leave, scram
- (adopt or assume (a position or state)): go, move
- (begin): begin, commence, start
- (catch (a means of public transport)): catch, take
- (respond to (telephone, doorbell)): answer
- (be able to; have the opportunity to do): be able to
- (informal: understand): dig, follow, make sense of, understand
- (informal: be (used to form the passive)): be
- (informal: catch (a disease)): catch, come down with
- (informal: trick): con, deceive, dupe, hoodwink, trick
- (informal: perplex): confuse, perplex, stump
- (find as an answer): obtain
- (bring to reckoning; to catch (as a criminal)): catch, nab, nobble
- (physically assault): assault, beat, beat up
- (informal: hear): catch, hear
- (getter): getter
get (plural gets)
- (dated) Offspring.
- 1810, Thomas Hornby Morland, The genealogy of the English race horse (page 71)
- At the time when I am making these observations, one of his colts is the first favourite for the Derby; and it will be recollected, that a filly of his get won the Oaks in 1808.
- 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, page 755:
- ‘You were a high lord's get. Don't tell me Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell never killed a man.’
- (sports, tennis) A difficult return or block of a shot.
- (informal) Something gained; an acquisition.
Variant of git.
get (plural gets)
- (Britain, regional) A git.
From Hebrew גֵּט (gēṭ).
get (plural gets or gittim or gitten)
- (Judaism) A Jewish writ of divorce.
- 2013, Dan Cohn-Sherbok, George D. Chryssides, Dawoud El-Alami, Love, Sex and Marriage (page 143)
- In Israel, rabbinic courts can imprison men until they acquiesce and grant gets to their wives.
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:get.
- get at OneLook Dictionary Search
- get in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- inflection of geta:
- first-person singular present indicative
- singular imperative
From Hebrew גט.
get m (Latin spelling)
From Middle Dutch iewet, iet. The diphthong /ie̯/ developed into /je/ word-initially, as it did in High German, and the onset was then enclitically hardened to ⟨g⟩ (/ʝ/). Cognate with Dutch iets, Central Franconian jet, northern Luxembourgish jett, gett, English aught.
- Medial form of gete
- geet, gete, jet, gette, geete, jete, jeete
From a northern form of Old French jayet, jaiet, gaiet, from Latin gagātēs, from Ancient Greek Γαγάτης (Gagátēs).
- IPA(key): /dʒɛːt/, /dʒɛt/
- jet, hardened coal
- A bead made of jet.
- A jet-black pigment.
- “ǧē̆t, n.(2).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-24.
- (rare) a guess
- first-person singular present indicative of geta
- second-person singular imperative of geta
- get in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press
From Old Norse geit, from Proto-Germanic *gaits.
From French Gétes, Latin Getae, from Ancient Greek.
- IPA(key): /d͡ʒet/
- Rhymes: -et
get m (plural geți, feminine equivalent getă)
- Get, one of the Getae, Greek name for the Dacian people
From Old Swedish gēt, from Old Norse geit, from Proto-Germanic *gaits, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰayd- (“goat”).
- to obtain or acquire.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)