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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English geten, from Old Norse geta, from Proto-Germanic *getaną (compare Old English ġietan, Old High German pi-gezzan 'to uphold', Gothic bi-gitan 'to find, discover'), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰend- 'to seize'. Cognate with Latin prehendo.


get (third-person singular simple present gets, present participle getting, simple past got, past participle (chiefly British) got, (North American or British archaic) gotten)

  1. (transitive) To obtain; to acquire.
    I'm going to get a computer tomorrow from the discount store.
  2. (transitive) To receive.
    I got a computer from my parents for my birthday.
    You need to get permission to leave early.
    He got a severe reprimand for that.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Afore we got to the shanty Colonel Applegate stuck his head out of the door. His temper had been getting raggeder all the time, and the sousing he got when he fell overboard had just about ripped what was left of it to ravellings.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To make acquisitions; to gain; to profit.
    • Shakespeare
      We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get.
  4. (copulative) To become.
    I'm getting hungry; how about you?
    Don't get drunk tonight.
    • Coleridge
      His chariot wheels get hot by driving fast.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Afore we got to the shanty Colonel Applegate stuck his head out of the door. His temper had been getting raggeder all the time, and the sousing he got when he fell overboard had just about ripped what was left of it to ravellings.
  5. (transitive) To cause to become; to bring about.
    That song gets me so depressed every time I hear it.
    I'll get this finished by lunchtime.
    I can't get these boots off (or on).
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.
  6. (transitive) To fetch, bring, take.
    Can you get my bag from the living-room, please?
    I need to get this to the office.
    • Bible, Genesis xxxi. 13
      Get thee out from this land.
    • Knolles
      He [] got himself [] to the strong town of Mega.
  7. (transitive) To cause to do.
    Somehow she got him to agree to it.
    I can't get it to work.
    • Shakespeare
      Get him to say his prayers.
  8. (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).
    The actors are getting into position.
    When are we going to get to London?
    I'm getting into a muddle.
    We got behind the wall.
    • Alexander Pope
      to get rid of fools and scoundrels
  9. (transitive) To cause to come or go or move.
  10. (transitive) To cause to be in a certain status or position.
  11. (intransitive) To begin (doing something).
    We ought to get moving or we'll be late.
    After lunch we got chatting.
  12. (transitive) To take or catch (a scheduled transportation service).
    I normally get the 7:45 train.
    I'll get the 9 a.m. [flight] to Boston.
  13. (transitive) To respond to (a telephone call, a doorbell, etc).
    Can you get that call, please? I'm busy.
  14. (intransitive, followed by infinitive) To be able, permitted (to do something); to have the opportunity (to do something).
    I'm so jealous that you got to see them perform live!
    The finders get to keep 80 percent of the treasure.
  15. (transitive, informal) To understand (often used as get it).
    Yeah, I get it, it's just not funny.
    I don't get what you mean by "fun". This place sucks!
  16. (transitive, informal) To be subjected to.
    "You look just like Helen Mirren." / "I get that a lot."
    • 2011, They Might Be Giants, “You Probably Get That A Lot (Elegant Too Remix)” (song)[1], in Album Raises New And Troubling Questions (album): 
      Do you mind? Excuse me
      I saw you over there
      Can I just tell you

      Although there are millions of
      Cephalophores that wander through this world
      You've got something extra going on
      I think you probably know

      You probably get that a lot
      I'll bet that people say that a lot to you, girl
  17. (informal) To be. Used to form the passive of verbs.
    He got bitten by a dog.
    • 2003, Richard A. Posner, Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy, page 95:
      Of particular importance is the bureaucratic organization of European judiciaries. The judiciary is a career. You start at the bottom and get assigned and promoted at the pleasure of your superiors.
  18. (transitive) To become ill with or catch (a disease).
    I went on holiday and got malaria.
  19. (transitive, informal) To catch out, trick successfully.
    He keeps calling pretending to be my boss—it gets me every time.
  20. (transitive, informal) To perplex, stump.
    That question's really got me.
  21. (transitive) To find as an answer.
    What did you get for question four?
  22. (transitive, informal) To bring to reckoning; to catch (as a criminal); to effect retribution.
    The cops finally got me.
    I'm gonna get him for that.
  23. (transitive) To hear completely; catch.
    Sorry, I didn't get that. Could you repeat it?
  24. (transitive) To getter.
    I put the getter into the container to get the gases.
  25. (now rare) To beget (of a father).
    • Shakespeare
      I had rather to adopt a child than get it.
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 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.
  26. (archaic) To learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; sometimes with out.
    to get a lesson
    to get out one's Greek lesson
    • Bishop Fell
      it being harder with him to get one sermon by heart, than to pen twenty
Usage notesEdit

In dialects featuring the past participle gotten, the form "gotten" is not used universally as the past participle. Rather, inchoative and concessive uses (with meanings such as "obtain" or "become", or "am permitted to") use "gotten" as their past participle, whereas stative uses (with meanings like "have") use "got" as their past participle[1], thus enabling users of "gotten"-enabled dialects to make distinctions such as "I've gotten (received) my marks" vs. "I've got (possess) my marks"; a subtle distinction, to be sure, but a useful one. The first example probably means that the person has received them, and has them somewhere, whereas the second probably means that they have them in their hand right now.

  1. ^ http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jlawler/aue/gotten.html and http://www.miketodd.net/encyc/gotten.htm
Derived termsEdit
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get (plural gets)

  1. Offspring.
    • 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, p. 755:
      ‘You were a high lord's get. Don't tell me Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell never killed a man.’
  2. Lineage.
  3. (sports, tennis) A difficult return or block of a shot.
  4. Something gained.
    • 2008, Karen Yampolsky, Falling Out of Fashion (page 73)
      I had reconnected with the lust of my life while landing a big get for the magazine.

Etymology 2Edit

Variant of git


get (plural gets)

  1. (UK, regional) A git.

Etymology 3Edit

From Hebrew גֵּט (gēṭ).


get (plural gittim or gitten)

  1. (Judaism) A Jewish writ of divorce.





From Hebrew גט.


get m (Latin spelling)

  1. divorce



Compare Kölsch jet and (nothern) Luxembourgish jett, gett, both meaning “something”.



  1. something




  1. rafsi of gento.

Mauritian CreoleEdit



  1. Medial form of gete



From French Gétes, Latin Getae, from Ancient Greek.


get m (plural gețifeminine equivalent getă)

  1. Get, one of the Getae, Greek name for the Dacian people




From Old Norse geit, from Proto-Germanic *gaits, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰayd- (goat).



get c

  1. goat


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