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- make children
"Abraham begot Isaac"
"Men often father children but don''t recognize them"


- undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
"She suffered a fracture in the accident"
"He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars"
"She got a bruise on her leg"
"He got his arm broken in the scuffle"


- be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
"He got AIDS"
"She came down with pneumonia"
"She took a chill"


- come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
"He grew a beard"
"The patient developed abdominal pains"
"I got funny spots all over my body"
"Well-developed breasts"


- give certain properties to something
"get someone mad"
"She made us look silly"
"He made a fool of himself at the meeting"
"Don''t make this into a big deal"
"This invention will make you a millionaire"
"Make yourself clear"


- cause to move

- cause to be in a certain position or condition
"He got his squad on the ball"
"This let me in for a big surprise"
"He got a girl into trouble"


- enter or assume a certain state or condition
"He became annoyed when he heard the bad news"
"It must be getting more serious"
"her face went red with anger"
"She went into ecstasy"
"Get going!"


- take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
"We began working at dawn"
"Who will start?"
"Get working as soon as the sun rises!"
"The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"
"He began early in the day"
"Let''s get down to work now"


- receive a specified treatment (abstract)
"These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"
"His movie received a good review"
"I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"


- grasp with the mind or develop an undersatnding of
"did you catch that allusion?"
"We caught something of his theory in the lecture"
"don''t catch your meaning"
"did you get it?"
"She didn''t get the joke"
"I just don''t get him"


- be a mystery or bewildering to
"This beats me!"
"Got me--I don''t know the answer!"
"a vexing problem"
"This question really stuck me"


- reach by calculation
"What do you get when you add up these numbers?"


- cause to do

- cause to act in a specified manner
"The ads induced me to buy a VCR"
"My children finally got me to buy a computer"
"My wife made me buy a new sofa"


- move into a desired direction of discourse
"What are you driving at?"


- 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"


- take vengeance on or get even
"We''ll get them!"
"That''ll fix him good!"
"This time I got him"


- succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
"We finally got the suspect"
"Did you catch the thief?"


- reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
"the rock caught her in the back of the head"
"The blow got him in the back"
"The punch caught him in the stomach"


- go or come after and bring or take back
"Get me those books over there, please"
"Could you bring the wine?"
"The dog fetched the hat"


- attract and fix
"His look caught her"
"She caught his eye"
"Catch the attention of the waiter"


- overcome or destroy
"The ice storm got my hibiscus"
"the cat got the goldfish"


- in baseball: earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher
"He drew a base on balls"


- apprehend and reproduce accurately
"She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"
"She got the mood just right in her photographs"


- evoke an emotional response
"Brahms''s `Requiem'' gets me every time"


- irritate
"Her childish behavior really get to me"
"His lying really gets me"


- reach a destination

- arrive by movement or progress
"She arrived home at 7 o''clock"
"She didn''t get to Chicago until after midnight"


- reach and board
"She got the bus just as it was leaving"


- leave immediately

- used usually in the imperative form


- of mental or physical states or experiences
"get an idea"
"experience vertigo"
"get nauseous"
"undergo a strange sensation"
"The chemical undergoes a sudden change"
"The fluid undergoes shear"
"receive injuries"
"have a feeling"


- receive as a retribution or punishment
"He got 5 years in prison"


- suffer from the receipt of
"She will catch hell for this behavior!"


- perceive by hearing
"I didn''t catch your name"
"She didn''t get his name when they met the first time"


- purchase
"What did you get at the toy store?"


- come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"
"They acquired a new pet"
"Get your results the next day"
"Get permission to take a few days off from work"


- achieve a point or goal
"Nicklaus had a 70"
"The Brazilian team got 4 goals"
"She made 29 points that day"


- acquire as a result of some effort or action
"You cannot get water out of a stone"
"Where did she get these news?"


Get   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. Jet, the mineral. [Obs.] Chaucer.


1. Fashion; manner; custom. [Obs.] Chaucer.

2. Artifice; contrivance. [Obs.] Chaucer.


1. To procure; to obtain; to gain possession of; to acquire; to earn; to obtain as a price or reward; to come by; to win, by almost any means; as, to get favor by kindness; to get wealth by industry and economy; to get land by purchase, etc.

2. Hence, with have and had, to come into or be in possession of; to have. Johnson.

"Thou hast got the face of man." -- Herbert.

3. To beget; to procreate; to generate.

"I had rather to adopt a child than get it." -- Shak.

4. To obtain mental possession of; to learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; as to get a lesson; also with out; as, to get out one's Greek lesson.

"It being harder with him to get one sermon by heart, than to pen twenty." -- Bp. Fell.

5. To prevail on; to induce; to persuade.

"Get him to say his prayers." -- Shak.

6. To procure to be, or to cause to be in any state or condition; -- with a following participle.

"Those things I bid you do; get them dispatched." -- Shak.

7. To betake; to remove; -- in a reflexive use.

"Get thee out from this land." -- Gen. xxxi. 13.

"He . . . got himself . . . to the strong town of Mega." -- Knolles.

Get, as a transitive verb, is combined with adverbs implying motion, to express the causing to, or the effecting in, the object of the verb, of the kind of motion indicated by the preposition; thus, to get in, to cause to enter, to bring under shelter; as, to get in the hay; to get out, to make come forth, to extract; to get off, to take off, to remove; to get together, to cause to come together, to collect.

To get by heart
to commit to memory.

To get the better of
To get the best of
to obtain an advantage over; to surpass; to subdue.

To get up
to cause to be established or to exit; to prepare; to arrange; to construct; to invent; as, to get up a celebration, a machine, a book, an agitation.

Syn. -- To obtain; gain; win; acquire. See Obtain.


1. To make acquisition; to gain; to profit; to receive accessions; to be increased.

"We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get." -- Shak.

2. To arrive at, or bring one's self into, a state, condition, or position; to come to be; to become; -- with a following adjective or past participle belonging to the subject of the verb; as, to get sober; to get awake; to get beaten; to get elected.

"To get rid of fools and scoundrels." -- Pope.

"His chariot wheels get hot by driving fast." -- Coleridge.

It [get] gives to the English language a middle voice, or a power of verbal expression which is neither active nor passive. Thus we say to get acquitted, beaten, confused, dressed. Earle.

Get, as an intransitive verb, is used with a following preposition, or adverb of motion, to indicate, on the part of the subject of the act, movement or action of the kind signified by the preposition or adverb; or, in the general sense, to move, to stir, to make one's way, to advance, to arrive, etc.; as, to get away, to leave, to escape; to disengage one's self from; to get down, to descend, esp. with effort, as from a literal or figurative elevation; to get along, to make progress; hence, to prosper, succeed, or fare; to get in, to enter; to get out, to extricate one's self, to escape; to get through, to traverse; also, to finish, to be done; to get to, to arrive at, to reach; to get off, to alight, to descend from, to dismount; also, to escape, to come off clear; to get together, to assemble, to convene.

To get ahead
to advance; to prosper.

To get along
to proceed; to advance; to prosper.

To get a mile
(or other distance), to pass over it in traveling.

To get among
to go or come into the company of; to become one of a number.

To get asleep
to fall asleep.

To get astray
to wander out of the right way.

To get at
to reach; to make way to. To get away with
to carry off; to capture; hence, to get the better of; to defeat.

To get back
to arrive at the place from which one departed; to return.

To get before
to arrive in front, or more forward.

To get behind
to fall in the rear; to lag.

To get between
to arrive between.

To get beyond
to pass or go further than; to exceed; to surpass. "Three score and ten is the age of man, a few get beyond it." Thackeray.

To get clear
to disengage one's self; to be released, as from confinement, obligation, or burden; also, to be freed from danger or embarrassment.

To get drunk
to become intoxicated.

To get forward
to proceed; to advance; also, to prosper; to advance in wealth.

To get home
to arrive at one's dwelling, goal, or aim.

To get into
(a) To enter, as, "she prepared to get into the coach." Dickens. (b) To pass into, or reach; as, " a language has got into the inflated state." Keary.

To get
loose or free
to disengage one's self; to be released from confinement.

To get near
to approach within a small distance.

To get on
to proceed; to advance; to prosper.

To get over
(a) To pass over, surmount, or overcome, as an obstacle or difficulty. (b) To recover from, as an injury, a calamity.

To get through
(a) To pass through something. (b) To finish what one was doing.

To get up
(a) To rise; to arise, as from a bed, chair, etc. (b) To ascend; to climb, as a hill, a tree, a flight of stairs, etc.


1. Offspring; progeny; as, the get of a stallion.


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