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Verb: get (got,getting, also gotten)  get
  1. 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";
    - acquire
     
  2. Enter or assume a certain state or condition
    "It must be getting more serious"; "Get going!";
    - become, go
     
  3. 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";
    - let, have
     
  4. Be subject to a specified treatment or analysis
    "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions";
    - receive, find, obtain, incur
     
  5. Reach a destination by movement or progress
    "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight";
    - arrive, come
     
  6. Go or come after and bring or take back
    "Get me those books over there, please";
    - bring, convey, fetch
     
  7. Go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
    "get an idea"; "get nauseous";
    - experience, receive, have
     
  8. Take vengeance on or get even
    "We'll get them!"; "This time I got him";
    - pay back, pay off, fix
     
  9. Achieve a point or goal
    "The Brazilian team got 4 goals";
    - have, make
     
  10. Make someone or something act in a particular way or do a particular thing
    "My children finally got me to buy a computer";
    - induce, stimulate, cause, have, make
     
  11. Succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
    "We finally got the suspect";
    - catch, capture
     
  12. Come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
    "I got funny spots all over my body";
    - grow, develop, produce, acquire
     
  13. Be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
    "He got AIDS";
    - contract, take
     
  14. 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"
     
  15. Give certain properties to something
    "get someone mad";
    - make
     
  16. Move into a desired direction of discourse
    "What are you getting at?";
    - drive, aim
     
  17. 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";
    - catch
     
  18. Attract and fix
    "His look got her";
    - catch, arrest
     
  19. Reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
    "The blow got him in the back";
    - catch
     
  20. Reach by calculation
    "What do you get when you add up these numbers?"
     
  21. Acquire as a result of some effort or action
    "You cannot get water out of a stone"; "Where did she get The news?"
     
  22. Purchase
    "What did you get at the toy store?"
     
  23. Perceive by hearing
    "She didn't get his name when they met the first time";
    - catch
     
  24. Suffer from the receipt of
    "She will get hell for this behaviour!";
    - catch
     
  25. Receive as a retribution or punishment
    "He got 5 years in prison";
    - receive
     
  26. Leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form
    - scram, buzz off
     
  27. Reach and board
    "She got the bus just as it was leaving"
     
  28. Irritate
    "Her childish behaviour really get to me"; "His lying really gets me";
    - get under one's skin
     
  29. Evoke an emotional response
    "Brahms's 'Requiem' gets me every time"
     
  30. Apprehend and reproduce accurately
    "She got the mood just right in her photographs";
    - catch
     
  31. (baseball) earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher
    - draw
     
  32. Overcome or destroy
    "The ice storm got my hibiscus"; "the cat got the goldfish"
     
  33. Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
    "Got me--I don't know the answer!";
    - confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate, perplex, vex, stick, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, dumbfound
     
  34. 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";
    - get down, begin, start out, start, set about, set out, commence
     
  35. Undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
    "She got a bruise on her leg"; "He got his arm broken in the scuffle";
    - suffer, sustain, have
     
  36. Make children
    "Abraham got Isaac";
    - beget [archaic], engender [archaic], father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth
Noun: get  get
  1. A return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent

Derived forms: gets, gotten, getting

See also: get ahead, get on, get over

Type of: ache, alter, annoy, attract, be, bother, buy, catch, chafe, change, change state, channel, channelise [Brit], channelize, clutch, come down, communicate, create, destroy, devil, draw, draw in, effect, effectuate, experience, get at, get back, get even, get to, go away, go forth, gravel [US], have, hear, hit, hurt, intend, intercommunicate, irritate, leave, make, mean, modify, nark [Brit], nettle, prehend [archaic], pull, pull in, purchase, rack up, rag, reproduce, return, rile, ruin, score, seize, set up, sicken, spifflicate, spiflicate, stir, suffer, tally, touch, transfer, transmit, transport, turn, undergo, understand, vex

Encyclopedia: Get