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get [ get ] (past tense got [ gat ] ; past participle gotten [ `gatn ] ) verb ***
▸ 1 obtain/receive
▸ 2 become/start to be
▸ 3 do something/have something done
▸ 4 move to/from
▸ 5 progress in activity
▸ 6 fit/put something in a place
▸ 7 understand
▸ 8 be able/allowed to do something
▸ 9 kill/attack/punish
▸ 10 answer door/telephone
▸ 11 use particular vehicle
▸ 12 receive broadcast
▸ 13 prepare meal
▸ 14 annoy
▸ 15 reach someone by telephone
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) transitive never passive to obtain, receive, or be given something:
Ross's father got a new job.
Did you get tickets for the game?
I got a ticket for reckless driving.
You get ten points for each correct answer.
get something from someone: She got a ring from her grandmother.
get someone something/get something for someone: The agency got the family a new apartment and clothes for the children.
get an answer/reply etc.: She called out to him but got no reply.
get the chance/opportunity: Young players will get the chance to meet one of their heroes.
get permission/approval etc.: We got permission from the city council to start building.
a ) to buy something:
Where did you get that wonderful carpet?
They had to stop and get some gas.
get someone something/get something for someone: For his birthday this year, I got my dad a sweater.
get something for $5/$100 etc.: You can get a jacket from a thrift shop for just a few dollars.
b ) to go and bring something back from somewhere else:
She went and got a photograph from the desk.
get someone something/get something for someone: Will you get me a glass of water?
c ) to earn or receive an amount of money:
I think nurses should get more.
Helen only gets $6 an hour.
get $20/$100 etc. for something: I'll bet you could get at least $50 for the painting.
d ) to obtain information:
Where did you get this story?
I need to get some details from you about the accident.
e ) to start to have an idea or feeling:
Sometimes he gets these weird ideas.
I got a strange feeling in my stomach as we walked toward the house.
get the idea/impression/feeling (that): I got the impression they were finding the work difficult.
f ) to start to have an illness or medical condition:
I hope I don't get the flu this winter.
She eats standing up and then gets indigestion.
g ) to obtain a benefit or have a positive feeling when you do something:
He gets a lot of pleasure from spending time with his grandchildren.
What do you get out of all this exercise?
h ) to obtain a particular result:
Add more water to get a thinner batter.
What do you get if you mix red and yellow?
i ) to be able to receive particular broadcasts on your television or radio:
Do you get cable here?
2. ) linking verb to start to be in a particular state or have a particular quality: BECOME:
It's getting late I have to go.
If that spot gets any bigger you should go to the doctor.
get wet/cold/tired/sick etc.: It was raining and we all got wet.
get angry/mad/upset etc.: If you had gotten angry at me for this, I wouldn't blame you.
get difficult/interesting etc.: Things are starting to get difficult at home.
get to sleep: Do you ever have problems getting to sleep?
get hot/cold/humid etc.: It's been getting more and more humid all afternoon.
a ) linking verb to become: used with past participles to form PASSIVES:
The team is determined not to get beaten again.
I'm sick of getting yelled at for things that aren't my fault.
Somehow the paper got ripped.
You should wash that cut it might get infected.
b ) transitive to cause someone or something to be in a particular state:
I'll get the children dressed.
Let's get you completely ready to go before we call a cab.
It took them three hours to get the fire under control.
get someone/something dirty/wet etc.: He got his suit all dirty.
c ) linking verb to put on or take off clothing:
get into/out of/on/off: It's almost three o'clock and you still have to get into your uniform.
She looks forward to getting out of her business suit and into comfortable clothes at the end of the day.
3. ) transitive never passive to do something or have it done for you:
get something done: You need to get your hair cut.
I should be able to get the first chapter finished by tonight.
They tried to get Marly sent to prison.
get something doing something: Hal managed to get my e-mail working again.
She worked all afternoon on the car but never got it running.
a ) to make someone do something or persuade them to do it:
get someone to do something: I'll get Andrew to give you a call.
She couldn't get them to understand what she was saying.
If we could only get him to try harder.
4. ) intransitive to move to or from a position or place:
get down: Abby had climbed a tree and couldn't get down.
He'd gotten down off his bike to come over and talk to us.
get in/into: Dad stopped the car and told me to get in.
She forgot her keys and got into the house through the window.
get off: The hill was so steep we had to get off and push our bikes.
get on/onto: Watch your step when getting on the bus.
get out: A car stopped and two men got out.
get up: Half the audience got up and walked out.
a ) transitive never passive to make someone or something move to or from a position or place:
get someone/something down: Firefighters got him down using a ladder.
get someone/something in/into: Let's get you into the house where it's warm.
get someone/something off: It's impossible to get him off the sofa and make him do anything.
get someone/something on/onto: They managed to get him on the bed.
get someone/something out: Get that dog out of my kitchen.
get someone/something up: I don't know how we'll get this box up the stairs.
b ) intransitive to arrive at a place:
get from/to: How long does it take to get from St. Louis to Chicago?
get home: What time did you get home last night?
get to work/school etc.: I usually get to work at about 8:30.
get here/there: When will we get there?
c ) intransitive to come to be in a position or place:
How did this button get in my purse?
d ) transitive never passive to send something to a person or place:
They can get a package across the Atlantic within 24 hours.
get something to someone/something: We'll get the schedule to you as soon as we have it.
e ) transitive never passive to travel a particular distance:
How far do you hope to get before lunch?
He got halfway along the road, then remembered he had left his wallet behind.
5. ) intransitive to progress to a particular point when you are doing something:
How far did you get with your homework?
get to: I got to page 100 of this book before I understood what was going on.
a ) intransitive INFORMAL to start doing something, making progress, or going somewhere:
get to work: Enough talking, let's get to work.
get going/moving/cracking: They need to get going with this building work if they are going to finish before the winter.
It's time you got cracking on that assignment.
b ) transitive never passive to make or help someone or something start doing something, making progress, or going somewhere:
get someone/something going/moving etc.: A new manager was brought in to get things moving.
We'd better get the kids going or they'll be late.
not get someone anywhere (=will not help someone to succeed): That aggressive attitude won't get you anywhere with her.
c ) get somewhere/anywhere/nowhere to make some/no progress, or have some/no success:
I'm not getting anywhere with this paper.
At last she is starting to get somewhere in her career.
I've worked all day on this, but I feel as if I'm getting nowhere.
d ) someone's getting there SPOKEN used for saying that someone is close to achieving something, especially when this is difficult or is taking a long time:
Everyone finds driving difficult at first, but you're getting there.
e ) it's getting to the stage/point where... used for saying that a situation has reached a very bad stage:
Things are getting to the point where we can't stand to be in the same room.
6. ) transitive never passive get something into/in/onto something to fit or put something in a place:
You can get a lot of things into this bag.
She couldn't quite get all the text onto the page.
7. ) transitive never passive INFORMAL to understand someone or something:
Everyone laughed, but Harold didn't seem to get the joke.
get it: I don't get it what's happening?
Oh, I get it now.
get why/what etc.: I don't really get why she couldn't do it herself.
a ) get someone wrong SPOKEN to not understand someone:
You've got me all wrong, I never meant to hurt you.
I guess I got you wrong. I thought you meant Tuesday, not today.
don't get me wrong (=please understand what I'm saying): Don't get me wrong, he's not a bad guy. It's just that he can be selfish sometimes.
8. ) intransitive or transitive never passive get to do something to have the opportunity or be able to do something:
Did you get to visit the Vietnam Memorial when you were in Washington?
Her brothers went out a lot, but Lisa never got to go.
9. ) transitive never passive INFORMAL to kill someone:
It was cancer that got him in the end.
a ) to attack someone:
He's threatened to get me if he ever catches me alone.
b ) to catch or punish someone:
The police need to get the person who did this.
out to get someone (=determined to harm or punish someone): The way he acts, it's like he's out to get me.
c ) get it to be punished for something:
You're going to get it if you don't stop teasing me!
10. ) transitive never passive SPOKEN to answer the door or telephone:
It's OK, I'll get it.
11. ) transitive never passive to use a particular vehicle to travel somewhere:
It's easiest if you get a taxi from the station.
He usually tries to get the 9:03 train.
12. ) transitive never passive to be able to receive particular broadcasts on your television or radio:
Do you get cable here?
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a ) to regularly receive a newspaper or magazine:
We get the New York Times on Sundays.
13. ) transitive never passive to prepare a meal:
It's time to start getting dinner.
get someone breakfast/lunch/dinner: Sit down and I'll get you lunch.
14. ) transitive never passive SPOKEN to annoy someone:
it gets me: It really gets me how everyone laughs at all her stupid jokes.
what gets me: What gets me is the way he's so smug all the time.
15. ) transitive never passive to reach someone by telephone:
Could you get me the New York office right away, please.
you/we get... SPOKEN
used for saying that something exists or can be seen in a place:
You get a lot of people criticizing teachers who don't know what they're talking about.
We get a huge variety of wildlife in this area.
you've got me (there) SPOKEN or you got me SPOKEN
used for saying that you do not know the answer
=> HOLD 2, KNOW1
`get about phrasal verb intransitive SPOKEN
get about the business of doing something
to begin to do something
,get a`cross phrasal verb transitive
to make people understand something:
He sometimes has trouble getting his meaning across in English.
get something across to someone: What message are you trying to get across to the consumer?
get across how/what etc.: I was trying to get across how much I admired them.
,get a`head phrasal verb intransitive
to be more successful or progress more quickly than other people:
The best way to get ahead is through hard work.
get ahead in: Sometimes you have to be ruthless to get ahead in business.
,get a`long phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) get along or get on or get on with if people get along, they like each other and are friendly to each other:
Richard and his sister don't get along.
get along with: I get along well with most of my colleagues.
2. ) SPOKEN to leave a place:
You'd better be getting along now.
3. ) to manage to continue doing something or make progress in a situation:
I got along much better in my new job.
get along with: How are you getting along with your schoolwork?
get along without: You know I couldn't get along without you.
,get a`round phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to go or travel to different places:
At the age of 85 Milly still gets around quite well.
2. ) intransitive if news gets around, a lot of people hear it:
It didn't take long for news of his resignation to get around.
3. ) transitive get around something to solve a problem or avoid a difficulty that something is causing:
There are ways of getting around the tax rules.
You can't get around the fact she lied.
4. ) intransitive SPOKEN to have sexual relationships with a lot of different people
a ) intransitive to go out a lot and be involved in many activities
5. ) transitive get around someone MAINLY BRITISH to persuade someone to do something, especially by being nice to them
,get a`round to phrasal verb transitive
get around to something to do something after you have intended to do it for some time:
I meant to call you, but somehow I never got around to it.
get around to doing something: We have to get around to cleaning those windows.
`get at phrasal verb transitive
1. ) usually progressive get at something to try to suggest something without saying it directly:
What are you getting at?
2. ) get at something to discover the true facts about something:
This was an attempt to stop reporters from getting at the truth.
3. ) get at something to manage to reach or touch something:
I keep the cookies up here where the children can't get at them.
4. ) get at someone BRITISH INFORMAL to criticize someone again and again in a way that is unfair
,get a`way phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to escape from a person or place:
A police officer grabbed him, but he got away.
get away from: The dog got away from me in the park.
2. ) to manage to leave a place, especially your work:
He said he'd meet me for lunch if he could get away.
3. ) to go somewhere different from where you live in order to have a rest or vacation:
get away from it all: On days like today, I just want to get away from it all.
,get a`way from phrasal verb transitive
1. ) get away from something to stop having a particular idea or belief that is old-fashioned or not helpful:
We want to get away from this idea that in a divorce one partner has to be blamed.
2. ) get away from something to talk about something different from what you should be talking about:
I think we're getting away from the point.
3. ) get away from someone/something used for telling someone to move away from a person or place:
Get away from there! It's hot!
you can't get away from something/there's no getting away from something
used for saying that a fact or situation must be accepted and cannot be avoided
,get a`way with phrasal verb transitive get away with something
1. ) to manage to do something bad without being punished or criticized for it:
They have repeatedly broken the law and gotten away with it.
get away with doing something: How can he get away with speaking to her like that?
2. ) INFORMAL to manage to do something without any bad results:
You ought to allow three sandwiches per person, although you could get away with two.
,get `back phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to return to a place:
It's late, I ought to get back.
Dad always got back home in time for dinner.
get back from/to: What time does Sara get back from work?
2. ) transitive to receive or have something again after a time when it was taken or lost:
She left her briefcase on the train and she doesn't know how to get it back.
a ) if you get your money back, the money that you paid for something is given back to you
3. ) transitive get someone back to do something to hurt or upset someone because they have done something to hurt or upset you
4. ) transitive get something back to make something return to the state or condition it was in before:
It won't take long for us to get things back the way they were.
a ) intransitive to return to the state or condition you were in before:
get back to/in/into: I woke early and couldn't get back to sleep.
She needs to get back in control of her life.
5. ) intransitive to begin doing something again after not doing it for a period of time:
get back to/into: She was eager to get back to work after she had her baby.
A year after his band broke up, he wants to get back into music again.
get back SPOKEN
used for telling someone to move away because they are in danger
,get `back at phrasal verb transitive
get back at someone to do something to hurt or upset someone after they have hurt or upset you:
She was trying to get back at him for humiliating her.
,get `back to phrasal verb transitive SPOKEN
get back to someone to call, write, or speak to someone at a later time because you were busy or could not answer their question earlier:
get back to on: Can you get back to me on those figures by the end of the day?
,get be`hind phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive if you get behind with work or payments, you have not done as much work or made as many payments as you should have
2. ) transitive get behind someone/something to support an idea, project, etc., or help someone in what they are trying to do
,get `by phrasal verb intransitive
to have just enough of something such as money or knowledge so that you can do what you need to do:
My arithmetic isn't very good, but I get by.
get by on: I can get by on $1,500 a month if I'm careful.
get by with: You could probably get by with that computer, but a more powerful one would be better.
,get `down phrasal verb
1. ) transitive to write something somewhere:
Let me get your address down.
Someone managed to get down the license plate number of the car.
2. ) transitive get someone down to make someone feel sad or lose hope:
Doing the same thing every day can get you down.
a ) intransitive to start feeling sad or losing hope:
She gets down at times, but mostly she copes very well.
3. ) transitive to manage to swallow food or a drink:
Even though you are sick, you should try to get down a little food.
,get `down to phrasal verb transitive get down to something
1. ) to start doing something seriously or with a lot of effort:
After lunch we got down to discussing the issue of redundancies.
2. ) to have only a few things left to use or deal with
,get `in phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to arrive at home or at work:
You got in very late last night!
Mark never gets in before 9:30.
a ) if a train, plane, etc. gets in, it arrives:
Our flight got in on time.
The London train gets in at 10.05.
2. ) intransitive to be accepted to study at a school or chosen to play for a team, etc.:
It's a very exclusive school and you have to pass an exam to get in.
3. ) intransitive to be elected for a political job:
In 1994 a Republican majority got in.
4. ) transitive to deliver or send something to a person or place:
I have to get this homework in by the end of the week.
5. ) transitive to manage to fit something such as an activity or comment into a small amount of time
6. ) transitive BRITISH to ask someone to come to your house, office, etc. in order to do something for you:
We're getting a plumber in to fix the leak.
7. ) transitive BRITISH to buy or collect things that you need
,get `in on phrasal verb transitive
get in on something to become involved in something that other people are doing that is fun or interesting, or that makes money
,get `into phrasal verb transitive
1. ) get into something to start enjoying something or become enthusiastic about it:
You feel shy when you start your speech, but then you get into it.
She's really getting into the Internet.
2. ) get into something INFORMAL to begin to discuss something:
I don't think we have time to get into that now.
3. ) get into something if a train, airplane, etc. gets into a place, it arrives there
a ) to arrive at work or school
4. ) get into something to be accepted to study at a school or chosen to play for a team, etc.
a ) to be elected to a political job
5. ) to become involved in a bad situation:
get into a fight/argument, etc. (with someone): I don't want to get into an argument with him.
get into trouble/difficulties etc.: Those kids are always getting into trouble.
6. ) get into something if you get into a TEMPER, a bad mood, etc., you start being angry or in a bad mood
7. ) get into something to start doing something regularly in a particular way:
Try to get into the habit of drinking a glass of water every hour.
what's gotten into someone? SPOKEN
used for asking why someone is behaving in an unusual or annoying way
,get `in with phrasal verb transitive get in with someone
1. ) to begin to be involved with a particular person or group
2. ) MAINLY BRITISH to persuade someone who can help you to be your friend or like you:
If you want to be elected to the club, she's the person you need to get in with.
,get `off phrasal verb
1. ) transitive get something off to have a particular period of time as a vacation:
I'll try to come, but I'm not sure I'll be able to get that week off.
Do you get much time off at Christmas?
2. ) intransitive or transitive to leave the place you work at the end of the day:
We get off early on Fridays.
What time do you get off work?
a ) transitive get someone off to help someone be ready to leave a place at the right time:
I try to get the kids off in the mornings by 8:30.
3. ) transitive get something off to send something, for example in the mail:
Have you gotten your application form off yet?
get something off to someone: I'll get the documents off to you this afternoon.
4. ) intransitive to not be punished severely or at all for something you have been accused of in court:
He was charged with manslaughter, but got off.
get off with: At best you can hope to get off with a $100 fine.
a ) transitive get someone off to help someone avoid being punished by a court
5. ) intransitive or transitive usually in imperative used for telling someone to stop touching someone or something:
Get off you're hurting my back.
get off someone/something: Get off the grass right now!
a ) transitive get someone/something off someone/something used for telling someone to stop another person or thing from touching someone or something:
Get your dog off me or I'll call the police!
Would you please get your feet off the table?
6. ) transitive get something off someone to borrow or take something from someone
7. ) intransitive or transitive AMERICAN SPOKEN to have an ORGASM, or make someone have an ORGASM
8. ) transitive get someone off BRITISH to help someone to fall asleep
a ) get off to sleep BRITISH to fall asleep
get off my back SPOKEN
used for telling someone you want them to stop annoying or criticizing you
tell someone where they can get off/where to get off SPOKEN
to tell someone rudely that you are angry or annoyed at them
where does someone get off doing something? SPOKEN
used for saying that you think someone is wrong to behave in a particular way
,get `off on phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL
to enjoy and become very excited about something, especially in a sexual way
,get `on phrasal verb
1. ) get on or get onto transitive get on something to be chosen to be part of a group or team:
Clare got on the school board.
a ) get someone on something to persuade or choose someone to be part of a group:
They want to get more women on the editorial team.
2. ) get on or get onto transitive get on something to be allowed to be on a television or radio program:
She even got on TV talking about her invention.
a ) get someone on something to put someone on a television or radio program:
A famous TV interviewer wanted to get her on his show.
3. ) transitive get on someone AMERICAN to remind someone to do something, especially when you have to do it more than once:
Get on Bill to see if he can come up with those numbers for you.
4. ) transitive get on something to finally do something you have been intending to do for a while
5. ) intransitive BRITISH to continue doing something, especially with more effort or more quickly than before:
Can we please get on, because there are a lot of things still to discuss.
6. ) intransitive BRITISH to be successful in life or at work:
He is prepared to do anything in order to get on.
7. ) intransitive BRITISH used for asking or talking about how well someone has done a particular activity:
get on with/in: How did you get on in your exams?
Jim seems to be getting on very well with the cleaning.
8. ) intransitive BRITISH same as GET ALONG 1:
My parents and I don't get on.
get it on AMERICAN IMPOLITE
to have sex
getting on
1. ) fairly old:
My grandfather is getting on in years.
2. ) BRITISH fairly late
getting on for
almost a particular time, number, age, etc.:
It was getting on for ten o'clock when she got home from work.
,get `onto or ,get `on to phrasal verb transitive
1. ) get onto something to start talking about a subject:
Let's get on to the next item on our agenda.
How did we get onto this subject?
2. ) get onto something same as GET ON 2:
He managed to get onto a local radio show.
3. ) get onto something same as GET ON 1:
Things changed when he got onto the selection committee.
4. ) get onto someone BRITISH to write or speak to someone in order to ask them to do something for you:
You need to get onto your landlord about that leaky roof.
,get `on with phrasal verb transitive
1. ) get on with something to give your time to something and make progress with it:
The sooner we finish the speeches, the sooner we can get on with the celebration.
get on with the job/business/work of something: Our priority now is to get on with the job of developing a comprehensive test ban treaty.
get on with doing something: Congress must get on with addressing these long-standing issues.
2. ) get on with someone same as GET ALONG 1
get on with your life
to stop thinking or worrying about something bad that happened in the past and start living a normal life again
,get `out phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive used for telling someone to leave:
The teacher screamed at him to get out.
get out of: Get out of my house!
a ) transitive get someone out to make another person leave:
Get that man out of my bedroom!
2. ) transitive to remove something that is inside or mixed with something else:
I washed the shirt twice, but I couldn't get the stain out.
get something out of something: Mike got a sliver of glass out of Jenny's toe.
3. ) intransitive to go to different places and spend time enjoying yourself:
We don't get out much, since we have a young baby.
4. ) intransitive if something secret gets out, a lot of people find out about it:
There was a huge public outcry when the news got out.
get out that: It quickly got out that Mariel was leaving Danny.
5. ) transitive to manage to say something:
He tried to protest, but couldn't get the words out.
6. ) transitive to make something such as a new book available for people to buy
7. ) transitive get someone out to remove someone from their job, especially from a position of political power:
They were confident they could get the Democrats out.
8. ) intransitive always in imperative AMERICAN SPOKEN used for saying you are surprised by something or do not believe it
,get `out of phrasal verb transitive
1. ) get out of something to avoid doing something that you should do or said you would do:
I said I'd meet him, but now I want to get out of it.
get out of doing something: Ruth always tries to get out of doing the dishes.
a ) get someone out of something to help someone avoid doing something:
Can you get me out of going to this meeting?
2. ) get something out of something to get pleasure or a benefit from something:
He gets a lot of satisfaction out of being a teacher.
I don't understand what she gets out of her relationship with him.
3. ) get out of something to take off clothes so that you can put on more comfortable clothes
4. ) get something out of someone to persuade someone to give you information or money
get out of here SPOKEN
1. ) used for telling someone to leave
2. ) used for saying you do not believe what someone is telling you
,get `over phrasal verb transitive
1. ) get over something to start to feel happy or well again after something bad has happened to you:
It can take weeks to get over an illness like that.
Don's pretty upset, but he'll get over it.
a ) get over someone to start to forget someone and feel happy again after a relationship has ended
2. ) get over something to find a way to solve or deal with a difficult problem:
There are many hurdles still to get over before the new restaurant can open.
3. ) get over or get over with get something over to do something or allow something to happen, because you want it to be finished or you want to start something else:
We decided to get the vacation over before we started decorating the house.
4. ) BRITISH same as GET ACROSS
can't get over something
used for saying that you are very surprised by something or think it is funny:
I just can't get over how well we played!
get over here/there SPOKEN
used for telling someone to come or go somewhere
get over it SPOKEN
used for telling someone to stop worrying, complaining, or being upset about something
,get `over with phrasal verb transitive
get something over with same as GET OVER 3:
I wanted to get the interview over with as quickly as possible.
,get `round phrasal verb BRITISH
1. ) intransitive same as GET AROUND 2:
The news soon got round that people were going to lose their jobs.
2. ) transitive same as GET AROUND 3:
We had to get round the problem that none of us spoke the same language.
3. ) transitive same as GET AROUND 5:
She gets round her dad easily, but her mother is stricter.
,get `round to phrasal verb transitive BRITISH
get round to something same as GET AROUND TO:
I finally got round to reading that book you lent me.
,get `through phrasal verb
1. ) transitive get through something to manage to deal with a difficult situation or stay alive until it is over:
The refugees will need help to get through the winter.
I just have to get through the first five minutes of my speech, and then I'll be fine.
a ) get someone through/get someone through something to help someone deal with a difficult situation or stay alive until it is over:
She was relying on luck to get her through.
He needs a lot of coffee to get him through the day.
2. ) intransitive to be connected to a place by telephone:
I couldn't get through the line was busy.
get through to: I finally got through to Warren on his cellphone.
3. ) transitive get through something to finish dealing with some work, a subject, etc.:
There was a lot to get through in the meeting.
4. ) transitive get through something to reach a good enough standard to pass a test:
How did he ever get through his driving test?
a ) transitive get someone through something to help someone pass a test, etc.
5. ) transitive get something through something to have a new law accepted by a legislature:
Getting a bill through Congress is a long process.
a ) intransitive if a law gets through, it is accepted by a legislature
6. ) transitive get through something BRITISH to use or finish something:
How do we get through so much milk?
,get `through to phrasal verb transitive
1. ) get through to someone to make someone understand what you are trying to say:
The teacher feels he is not getting through to some of the kids in his class.
2. ) get through to something to go forward to the next stage of a process, for example a competition, because you have succeeded in the previous stage:
She got through to the final round of interviews.
,get `to phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL
1. ) get to someone to annoy or upset someone:
After a while his teasing started to get to me.
2. ) get to doing something to start doing something:
He got to thinking that it was all his fault.
where has someone/something gotten to? AMERICAN SPOKEN
used for asking where someone or something is
,get `together phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive if people get together, they meet in order to do something or to spend time together:
The whole family usually gets together at least once a year.
get together with: He got together with some friends to plan a party for her.
a ) transitive get someone together to ask or make people come together in one place:
Lou got the girls together and told them about Anna's accident.
2. ) intransitive to reach an agreement on an issue that people have had different opinions about:
get together on: I hope the committee can get together on this issue.
3. ) transitive to organize or produce something that has many separate parts:
We've got to get this report together by tomorrow.
4. ) transitive to find or bring things that you need, so that they are in one place and ready to use:
I got together a list of all their names and phone numbers.
a ) to obtain an amount of money that you need
5. ) intransitive INFORMAL if two people get together, they start a romantic or sexual relationship
get it together
to be in control of your life, so that you are successful and are doing what you want to do
get yourself together
to become calm and in control of your emotions
,get `up phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to get out of bed after sleeping:
He never gets up before nine.
a ) transitive get someone up to wake someone and tell them to get out of bed:
Will you get me up at six tomorrow?
2. ) transitive BRITISH to organize something by asking different people to take part in it or provide help
3. ) transitive BRITISH to dress someone in a particular way:
She got herself up as Annie Oakley.
4. ) intransitive if the wind gets up, it starts blowing strongly
get it up VERY INFORMAL
to have an ERECTION
get it up for something SPOKEN
to become enthusiastic about doing something that you expect to be an effort:
I'm not sure I can get it up for this party tonight.
,get `up to phrasal verb transitive SPOKEN
get up to something to do something, especially something that you should not do:
The children get up to all sorts of mischief when I'm not here.
`get with phrasal verb MAINLY SPOKEN
get with it
to know about what is happening or things that are fashionable at the present time:
If you've never used the Internet, you need to get with it.
get with it/the program
to pay attention to what is happening and start doing what you should be doing:
He's not doing very well in school it'll be too late if he doesn't get with it soon.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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