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get
I [[t]ge̱t[/t]] CHANGING, CAUSING, MOVING, OR REACHING
gets, getting, got, gotten (past tense & past participle)
(In most of its uses get is a fairly informal word. Gotten is an American form of the past tense and past participle.)
1) V-LINK You use get with adjectives to mean `become'. For example, if someone gets cold, they become cold, and if they get angry, they become angry.

[V adj] The boys were getting bored...

[V adj] There's no point in getting upset...

[V adj] From here on, it can only get better.

2) V-LINK Get is used with expressions referring to states or situations. For example, to get into trouble means to start being in trouble.

[V adj] Half the pleasure of an evening out is getting ready...

[V prep/adv] Perhaps I shouldn't say that - I might get into trouble...

[V prep/adv] How did we get into this recession, and what can we do to get out of it?

3) VERB To get someone or something into a particular state or situation means to cause them to be in it.

[V n adj] I don't know if I can get it clean...

[V n adj] What got me interested was looking at an old New York Times...

[V n prep] Brian will get them out of trouble.

4) VERB If you get someone to do something, you cause them to do it by asking, persuading, or telling them to do it.

[V n to-inf] ...a long campaign to get US politicians to take the Aids epidemic more seriously...

[V n to-inf] How did you get him to pose for this picture?

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5) VERB If you get something done, you cause it to be done.

[V n -ed] I might benefit from getting my teeth fixed...

[V n -ed] It was best to get things done quickly.

6) VERB To get somewhere means to move there.

[V prep/adv] I got off the bed and opened the door...

[V prep/adv] How can I get past her without her seeing me?...

[V prep/adv] I heard David yelling and telling them to get back.

7) VERB When you get to a place, you arrive there.

[V to n] Generally I get to work at 9.30am...

[V adv] It was dark by the time she got home.

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8) VERB To get something or someone into a place or position means to cause them to move there.

[V n with adv] Mack got his wallet out...

[V n with adv] Go and get your coat on...

[V n prep] The UN was supposed to be getting aid to where it was most needed.

9) AUX Get is often used in place of `be' as an auxiliary verb to form passives.

[AUX -ed] Does she ever get asked for her autograph?...

[AUX -ed] A pane of glass got broken.

10) VERB If you get to do something, you eventually or gradually reach a stage at which you do it.

[V to-inf] Miller and Ferlinghetti got to be friends...

[V to-inf] No one could figure out how he got to be so wealthy.

11) VERB If you get to do something, you manage to do it or have the opportunity to do it.

[V to-inf] How do these people get to be the bosses of major companies?...

[V to-inf] Do you get to see him often?...

[V to-inf] They get to stay in nice hotels.

12) VERB You can use get in expressions like get moving, get going, and get working when you want to tell people to begin moving, going, or working quickly.

[V -ing] I aim to be off the lake before dawn, so let's get moving...

[V -ing] We need to get thinking, talking and acting on this before it is too late.

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13) VERB If you get to a particular stage in your life or in something you are doing, you reach that stage.

[V to n] We haven't got to the stage of a full-scale military conflict...

[V adv] If she gets that far, Jane may get legal aid to take her case to court...

[it V to n] It got to the point where I was so ill I was waiting to die.

14) V-ERG You can use get to talk about the progress that you are making. For example, if you say that you are getting somewhere, you mean that you are making progress, and if you say that something won't get you anywhere, you mean it will not help you to progress at all.

[V adv] Radical factions say the talks are getting nowhere and they want to withdraw...

[V n adv] My perseverance was getting me somewhere.

15) V-LINK When it gets to a particular time, it is that time. If it is getting towards a particular time, it is approaching that time.

[it V to n] It got to after 1am and I was exhausted...

[it V towards n] It was getting towards evening when we got back...

[it V adj] It's getting late.

16) VERB If something that has continued for some time gets to you, it starts causing you to suffer.

[V to n] That's the first time I lost my cool in 20 years in this job. This whole thing's getting to me.

17) VERB: no passive If something gets you, it annoys you. [INFORMAL]

[V n] What gets me is the attitude of so many of the people.

II [[t]ge̱t[/t]] OBTAINING, RECEIVING, OR CATCHING
gets, getting, got, gotten (past tense & past participle)
1) VERB If you get something that you want or need, you obtain it.

[V n] I got a job at the sawmill...

[V n] The problem was how to get enough food to sustain life...

[V n] It is impossible to get help, so she is doing everything herself...

[V n] He had been having trouble getting a hotel room...

[V n n] I asked him to get me some information. [Also V n for n]

2) VERB If you get something, you receive it or are given it.

[V n] I'm getting a bike for my birthday...

[V n] He gets a lot of letters from women...

[V n] They get a salary of $21,000 a year.

3) VERB If you get someone or something, you go and bring them to a particular place.

[V n] I came down this morning to get the newspaper...

[V n n] Go and get me a large brandy...

[V n for n] Go and get your daddy for me.

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4) VERB If you get a meal, you prepare it.

[V n] She was getting breakfast as usual.

5) VERB If you get a particular result, you obtain it from some action that you take, or from a calculation or experiment.

[V n] You could run that race again and get a different result each time...

[V n] What do you get if you multiply six by nine?

6) VERB If you get a particular price for something that you sell, you obtain that amount of money by selling it.

[V n for n] He can't get a good price for his crops.

7) VERB If you get the time or opportunity to do something, you have the time or opportunity to do it.

[V n] You get time to think in prison...

[V n] Whenever I get the chance I go to Maxim's for dinner.

8) VERB If you get an idea, impression, or feeling, you begin to have that idea, impression, or feeling as you learn or understand more about something.

[V n] I get the feeling that you're an honest man...

[V n] The study is an attempt to get a better idea of why people live where they do...

[V n] Doctors can get the wrong impression from even an accurate description.

9) VERB If you get a feeling or benefit from an activity or experience, the activity or experience gives you that feeling or benefit.

[V n] Charles got a shock when he saw him...

[V n out of/from n/-ing] She gets enormous pleasure out of working freelance...

[V n out of/from n/-ing] I would like to take pictures professionally because I get so much out of it.

10) VERB If you get a look, view, or glimpse of something, you manage to see it.

[V n] Young men climbed on buses and fences to get a better view...

[V n] Crowds shouted and pushed to get a glimpse of their hero.

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11) VERB If a place gets a particular type of weather, it has that type of weather.

[V n] Riyadh, the Saudi capital, got 25 mm of rain in just 12 hours...

[V n] Northern Kentucky is likely to get snow mixed with sleet.

12) VERB If you get a joke or get the point of something that is said, you understand it.

[V n] Did you get that joke, Ann? I'll explain later...

[V n] You don't seem to get the point.

13) VERB If you get an illness or disease, you become ill with it.

[V n] When I was five I got measles.

14) VERB When you get a train, bus, plane, or boat, you leave a place on a particular train, bus, plane, or boat.

[V n] It'll be two pounds to get the bus...

[V n] What time are you getting your train?

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15) VERB If you get a person or animal, you succeed in catching, killing, or hitting them.

[V n] Take it easy. We've got him. He's not going to kill anyone else.

16) VERB If you get a newspaper or magazine, you regularly buy it.

[V n] We don't get a paper...

[V n] We already get The Times.

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17) VERB If you can get a particular radio or television channel, you are able to receive broadcasts from it on your radio or television.

[V n] I only get Channel 7.

18) See also , got
III [[t]ge̱t[/t]] PHRASES AND PHRASAL VERBS
gets, getting, got, gotten (past tense & past participle)
1) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v You can say that something is, for example, as good as you can get to mean that it is as good as it is possible for that thing to be.

Consort has a population of 714 and is about as rural and isolated as you can get.

...the diet that is as near to perfect as you can get it.

2) PHRASE: PHR n (emphasis) If you say you can't get away from something or there is no getting away from something, you are emphasizing that it is true, even though people might prefer it not to be true. [INFORMAL]

There is no getting away from the fact that he is on the left of the party.

3) PHRASE: V inflects If you get away from it all, you have a holiday in a place that is very different from where you normally live and work.

...the ravishing island of Ischia, where rich Italians get away from it all.

4) CONVENTION (feelings) Get is used in rude expressions like get stuffed and get lost to express contempt, disagreement, or refusal to do something. [RUDE]
5) PHRASE (feelings) You can say, for example, `How lucky can you get?' or `How stupid can you get?' to show your surprise that anyone could be as lucky or stupid as the person that you are talking about. [INFORMAL]

I mean, how crazy can you get?

6) PHRASE: tell inflects If you tell someone where to get off, you tell them in a rather rude way that you are not going to do or agree to what they want. [INFORMAL]

If somebody tried to do that to you, you'd just go right up to them and tell them where to get off.

7) PHRASE: PHR n You can use you get instead of `there is' or `there are' to say that something exists, happens, or can be experienced. [SPOKEN]

You get a lot of things like that now don't you...

That's where you get some differences of opinion.

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