verb (used with object), got or (Archaic) gat; got or got·ten; get·ting.
verb (used without object), got or (Archaic) gat; got or got·ten; get·ting.
- something earned, as salary, profits, etc.: What's your week's get?
- a child born out of wedlock.
- to move about; be active: He gets about with difficulty since his illness.
- to become known; spread: It was supposed to be a secret, but somehow it got about.
- to be socially active: She's been getting about much more since her family moved to the city.
- to make or become understandable; communicate: to get a lesson across to students.
- to be convincing about; impress upon others: The fire chief got across forcefully the fact that turning in a false alarm is a serious offense.
- to move forward of, as in traveling: The taxi got ahead of her after the light changed.
- to surpass; outdo: He refused to let anyone get ahead of him in business.
- to go away; leave.
- get on.
- to circumvent; outwit.
- to ingratiate oneself with (someone) through flattery or cajolery.
- to travel from place to place; circulate: I don't get around much anymore.
- get about.
- to reach; touch: to stretch in order to get at a top shelf.
- to suggest, hint at, or imply; intimate: What are you getting at?
- to discover; determine: to get at the root of a problem.
- Informal. to influence by surreptitious or illegal means; bribe: The gangsters couldn't get at the mayor.
- to escape; flee: He tried to get away, but the crowd was too dense.
- to start out; leave: The racehorses got away from the starting gate.
- to succeed in going past: to get by a police barricade.
- to manage to exist, survive, continue in business, etc., in spite of difficulties.
- to evade the notice of: He doesn't let much get by him.
- to bring or come down; descend: The kitten climbed the tree, but then couldn't get down again.
- to concentrate; attend: to get down to the matter at hand.
- to depress; discourage; fatigue: Nothing gets me down so much as a rainy day.
- to swallow: The pill was so large that he couldn't get it down.
- to relax and enjoy oneself completely; be uninhibited in one's enjoyment: getting down with a bunch of old friends.
- to go into a place; enter: He forgot his key and couldn't get in.
- to arrive; come: They both got in on the same train.
- to become associated with: He got in with a bad crowd.
- to be chosen or accepted, as for office, membership, etc.: As secretary of the club, his friend made sure that he got in.
- to become implicated in: By embezzling money to pay his gambling debts quickly, he was getting in further and further.
- to escape the consequences of or punishment for one's actions.
- to help (someone) escape punishment: A good lawyer might get you off.
- to begin a journey; leave: He got off on the noon flight.
- to leave (a train, plane, etc.); dismount from (a horse); alight.
- to tell (a joke); express (an opinion): The comedian got off a couple of good ones.
- Informal. to have the effrontery: Where does he get off telling me how to behave?
- Slang: Vulgar. to experience orgasm.
- to experience or cause to experience a high from or as if from a drug.
- to cause to feel pleasure, enthusiasm, or excitement: a new rock group that gets everyone off.
- to make progress; proceed; advance.
- to have sufficient means to manage, survive, or fare.
- to be on good terms; agree: She simply can't get on with her brothers.
- to advance in age: He is getting on in years.
- to leave (often followed by of): Get out of here! We had to get out of the bus at San Antonio.
- to become publicly known: We mustn't let this story get out.
- to withdraw or retire (often followed by of): He decided to get out of the dry goods business.
- to produce or complete: Let's get this work out!
- to recover from: to get over an illness.
- get across.
- to succeed, as in meeting, reaching, or contacting by telephone (usually followed by to): I tried to call you last night, but I couldn't get through.
- to complete; finish: How he ever got through college is a mystery.
- to make oneself understood: One simply cannot get through to her.
- to get in touch or into communication with; contact: It was too late by the time he got to the authorities.
- Informal. to make an impression on; affect: This music really gets to you.
- to begin: When he gets to telling stories about the war, there's no stopping him.
- to come back; return: When will you get back?
- to recover; regain: He got back his investment with interest.
- to be revenged: She waited for a chance to get back at her accuser.
- to begin; act: They wanted to get going on the construction of the house.
- to increase one's speed; make haste: If we don't get going, we'll never arrive in time.
- to be punished or reprimanded: You'll get it for breaking that vase!
- to understand or grasp something: This is just between us, get it?
- Informal. to work or perform with satisfying harmony or energy or develop a strong rapport, as in music: a rock group really getting it on with the audience.
- Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse.
- to accumulate; gather: to get together a portfolio of 20 stocks.
- to congregate; meet: The alumnae chapter gets together twice a year.
- to come to an accord; agree: They simply couldn't get together on matters of policy.
- to sit up or stand; arise.
- to rise from bed.
- to ascend or mount.
- to prepare; arrange; organize: to get up an exhibit.
- to draw upon; marshal; rouse: to get up one's courage.
- to acquire a knowledge of.
- (to a horse) go! go ahead! go faster!
- to dress, as in a costume or disguise: She got herself up as an astronaut.
- to produce in a specified style, as a book: It was got up in brown leather with gold endpapers.
- to possess or own; have: She's got a new car. Have you got the tickets?
- must (followed by an infinitive): He's got to get to a doctor right away.
- to suffer from: Have you got a cold?
Origin of get1
In British English got is the regular past participle of get, and gotten survives only in a few set phrases, such as ill-gotten gains. In American English gotten, although occasionally criticized, is an alternative standard past participle in most senses, especially in the senses “to receive” or “to acquire”: I have gotten (or got ) all that I ever hoped for.
Have or has got in the sense “must” has been in use since the early 19th century; often the have or has is contracted: You've got to carry your passport at all times. The use of have (or has ) got in the sense of “to possess” goes back to the 15th century; it is also frequently contracted: She's got a master's degree in biology. These uses are occasionally criticized as redundant on the grounds that have alone expresses the meaning adequately, but they are well established and fully standard in all varieties of speech and writing. In some contexts in American English, substituting gotten for got produces a change in meaning: She's got ( possesses ) a new job. She's gotten ( has aquired ) a new job. He's got to ( must ) attend the wedding. He's gotten to ( has been allowed or enabled to ) attend. The children have got ( are suffering from ) the measles. The children have gotten ( have caught ) the measles. The use of got without have or has to mean “must” ( I got to buy a new suit ) is characteristic of the most relaxed, informal speech and does not occur in edited writing except in representations of speech. Gotta is a pronunciation spelling representing this use.
British Dictionary definitions for get through (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for get through (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for get through (3 of 3)
verb gets, getting, got (ɡɒt) or got or esp US gotten (mainly tr)
- (foll by to) to gain access (to a person) with the purpose of bribing him
- (often foll by to) to obtain access (to someone) and kill or silence him
Word Origin for get
Word Origin and History for get through (1 of 2)
early 14c., "offspring," from get (v.). Meaning "what is got, booty" is from 14c.
Word Origin and History for get through (1 of 2)
c.1200, from Old Norse geta "to obtain, reach; to beget; to guess right" (past tense gatum, past participle getenn), from Proto-Germanic *getan (cf. Old Swedish gissa "to guess," literally "to try to get"), from PIE root *ghend- "seize, take" (cf. Greek khandanein "to hold, contain," Lithuanian godetis "be eager," second element in Latin prehendere "to grasp, seize," Welsh gannu "to hold, contain," Old Church Slavonic gadati "to guess, suppose"). Meaning "to seize mentally, grasp" is from 1892.
Old English, as well as Dutch and Frisian, had the root only in compounds (e.g. begietan "to beget," see beget; forgietan "to forget," see forget). Vestiges of Old English cognate *gietan remain obliquely in past participle gotten and original past tense gat. The word and phrases built on it take up 29 columns in the OED 2nd edition. Related: Getting.
Get wind of "become acquainted with" is from 1840, from earlier to get wind "to get out, become known" (1722). Get out, as a command to go away, is from 1711. Get-rich-quick (adj.) attested from 1904, first in O. Henry. To get out of hand originally (1765) meant "to advance beyond the need for guidance;" sense of "to break free, run wild" is from 1892, from horses. To get on (someone's) nerves is attested by 1970.
Idioms and Phrases with get through (1 of 2)
Reach the end, finish, complete, as in Now that our computer system is working again, I should get through by mid-afternoon. It is also put as get through with, as in As soon as we get through with painting the kitchen, I'll call you. [Mid-1600s]
Succeed in passing or surviving something, as in This epidemic is awful, but I'm sure we'll get through it somehow. [Mid-1700s]
Also, get through to someone. Make contact with or reach someone, as in After trying to reach them all night, we got finally through, or He tried to get through to the family. [Late 1800s]
Also get through to. Make oneself understood, as in Am I getting through to you? [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with get through (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with get
- get a bang out of
- get about
- get a break
- get a charge
- get across
- get a dirty look
- get a fix
- get a fix on
- get a free hand
- get after
- get a grip on
- get a hand
- get a handle on
- get ahead
- get a head start
- get a kick out of
- get a life
- get a line on
- get a load of
- get along
- get a move on
- get an in with
- get another guess
- get a rise out of
- get around
- get at
- get a thing about
- get away
- get away with
- get a word in edgewise
- get back
- get back at
- get back to
- get behind
- get better
- get busy
- get by
- get cracking
- get credit for
- get down
- get down to brass tacks
- get going
- get goose pimples
- get gray hair from
- get hold of
- get in
- get in a snit
- get in a stew
- get in bad with
- get in on
- get in one's hair
- get in someone's face
- get in the way
- get into
- get into bed with
- get into hot water
- get into one's head
- get into the act
- get into the swing of things
- get into trouble
- get in touch
- get involved
- get in with
- get it
- get it on
- get lost
- get mileage out of
- get nowhere
- get off
- get off on
- get off one's chest
- get off one's tail
- get off on the wrong foot
- get off scot-free
- get off someone's back
- get off the dime
- get off the ground
- get off the hook
- get on
- get one down
- get one's
- get one's
- get one's act together
- get one's bearings
- get one's comeuppance
- get one's ducks in a row
- get one's feet on the ground
- get one's feet wet
- get one's fill
- get one's hands dirty
- get one's hands on
- get one's head examined
- get one's money's worth
- get one's own back
- get one's teeth into
- get one's walking papers
- get one's way
- get one's wires crossed
- get on someone's good side
- get on someone's nerves
- get on the bandwagon
- get on the stick
- get on with it
- get out
- get out from under
- get out of
- get out of one's face
- get out of one's system
- get out of someone's sight
- get out of the way
- get out while the getting is good
- get over
- get physical
- get ready
- get real
- get religion
- get rid of
- get right
- get rolling
- get round
- get set
- get sick
- get someone's back up
- get someone's goat
- get someone's number
- get someone wrong
- get something into one's head
- get something on someone
- get somewhere
- get straight
- get stuffed
- get the advantage of
- get the air
- get the ax
- get the ball rolling
- get the better of
- get the business
- get the can
- get the drift
- get the drop on
- get the feel of
- get the goods on
- get the hang of
- get theirs
- get the jump on
- get the lead out
- get the message
- get the most out of
- get the nod
- get the picture
- get there
- get the runaround
- get the sack
- get the show on the road
- get the upper hand
- get the worst of it
- get through
- get through one's head
- get through to
- get to
- get to first base
- get together
- get to one's feet
- get to the bottom of
- get to the heart of
- get to the point
- get tough with
- get under someone's skin
- get up
- get up one's nerve
- get up on the wrong side of bed
- get up steam
- get used to
- get well
- get what's coming to one
- get wind of
- get wise to
- get with it
- be (get) busted
- come and get it
- dip (get) one's toes into
- early bird catches (gets) the worm
- give as good as one gets
- ground floor, get in on the
- it takes getting used to
- lay (get) one's hands on
- marching orders, get one's
- play hard to get
- squeaky wheel gets the grease
- tell someone where to get off
- when the going gets tough
- you get what you pay for
Also see underbecomegivehave.