Last modified on 2 August 2014, at 19:17
See also: Got, göt, gôt, Göt, got., and -got-

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

got

  1. simple past tense of get
    We got the last bus home.
  2. (UK, New Zealand) past participle of get
    By that time we'd got very cold.
    I've got two children.
    How many children have you got?
  3. Expressing obligation.
    I can't go out tonight, I've got to study for my exams.
  4. (Southern US, with to) must; have (to).
    I got to go study.
    • 1971, Carol King and Gerry Goffin, “Smackwater Jack”, Tapestry, Ode Records
      We got to ride to clean up the streets / For our wives and our daughters!
  5. (Southern US, UK, slang) have
    They got a new car.
    He got a lot of nerve.

Usage notesEdit

  • (past participle of get): The second sentence literally means "At some time in the past I got (obtained) two children", but in "have got" constructions like this, where "got" is used in the sense of "obtained", the sense of obtaining is lost, becoming merely one of possessing, and the sentence is in effect just a more colloquial way of saying "I have two children". Similarly, the third sentence is just a more colloquial way of saying "How many children do you have?"
  • (past participle of get): The American and archaic British usage of the verb conjugates as get-got-gotten or as get-got-got depending on the meaning (see Usage Notes on "get" for details), whereas the modern British usage of the verb has lost this distinction and conjugates as get-got-got in all cases.
  • (expressing obligation): "Got" is a filler word here with no obvious grammatical or semantic function. "I have to study for my exams" has the same meaning. It is often stressed in speech: "You've just got to see this."

SynonymsEdit

  • (must, have (to)): gotta (informal)

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Etymology 1Edit

From Vulgar Latin *gottus, from Latin guttus.

NounEdit

got m (plural gots)

  1. glass (drinking glass)
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Etymology 2Edit

From Latin Gothus.

NounEdit

got m (plural gots, feminine goda)

  1. Goth
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German Low GermanEdit

AdjectiveEdit

got

  1. Alternative spelling of goot.

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LojbanEdit

RafsiEdit

got

  1. rafsi of gotro.

Old DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *gudą, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰuto-. Compare Old Saxon, Old Frisian, and Old English god, Old High German got, Old Norse guð.

NounEdit

got m

  1. god

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Old High GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *gudą, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰuto-. Compare Old Saxon, Old Frisian, and Old English god, Old Dutch got, Old Norse guð, Gothic 𐌲𐌿𐌸 (guþ).

NounEdit

got m

  1. god

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