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(1)   A return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent


(2)   Make children
"Abraham begot Isaac"
"Men often father children but don't recognize them"
(3)   Be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
"He got AIDS"
"She came down with pneumonia"
"She took a chill"
(4)   Come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
"He grew a beard"
"The patient developed abdominal pains"
"I got funny spots all over my body"
"Well-developed breasts"
(5)   Give certain properties to something
"Get someone mad"
"She made us look silly"
"He made a fool of himself at the meeting"
"Don't make this into a big deal"
"This invention will make you a millionaire"
"Make yourself clear"
(6)   Cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition
"He got his squad on the ball"
"This let me in for a big surprise"
"He got a girl into trouble"
(7)   Enter or assume a certain state or condition
"He became annoyed when he heard the bad news"
"It must be getting more serious"
"Her face went red with anger"
"She went into ecstasy"
"Get going!"
(8)   Receive a specified treatment (abstract)
"These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"
"His movie received a good review"
"I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"
(9)   Grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
"Did you catch that allusion?"
"We caught something of his theory in the lecture"
"Don't catch your meaning"
"Did you get it?"
"She didn't get the joke"
"I just don't get him"
(10)   Reach by calculation
"What do you get when you add up these numbers?"
(11)   Cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
"The ads induced me to buy a VCR"
"My children finally got me to buy a computer"
"My wife made me buy a new sofa"
(12)   Move into a desired direction of discourse
"What are you driving at?"
(13)   Communicate with a place or person; establish communication with, as if by telephone
"Bill called this number and he got Mary"
"The operator couldn't get Kobe because of the earthquake"
(14)   Take vengeance on or get even
"We'll get them!"
"That'll fix him good!"
"This time I got him"
(15)   Succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
"We finally got the suspect"
"Did you catch the thief?"
(16)   Go or come after and bring or take back
"Get me those books over there, please"
"Could you bring the wine?"
"The dog fetched the hat"
(17)   Attract and fix
"His look caught her"
"She caught his eye"
"Catch the attention of the waiter"
(18)   Earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher
"He drew a base on balls"
(19)   Reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
"She arrived home at 7 o'clock"
"She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight"
(20)   Go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
"Get an idea"
"Experience vertigo"
"Get nauseous"
"Undergo a strange sensation"
"The chemical undergoes a sudden change"
"The fluid undergoes shear"
"Receive injuries"
"Have a feeling"
(21)   Suffer from the receipt of
"She will catch hell for this behavior!"
(22)   Come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"
"They acquired a new pet"
"Get your results the next day"
"Get permission to take a few days off from work"
(23)   Achieve a point or goal
"Nicklaus had a 70"
"The Brazilian team got 4 goals"
"She made 29 points that day"

Etymology 1

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  1. Offspring.
  2. Lineage.
  3. A difficult return or block of a shot.


  1. To obtain, purchase or acquire.
    I'm going to get a computer tomorrow from the discount store.
    You need to get permission to leave early.
  2. To receive.
    I got a computer from my parents for my birthday.
    He got a severe reprimand for that.
  3. To fetch.
    Can you get my bag from the living-room, please?
  4. To become.
    I'm getting hungry, how about you?
    Don't get drunk tonight.
  5. 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.
  6. (used with preposition) To don or doff clothing, etc.
    I can't get these boots off (or on).
  7. To cause to do.
    Somehow she got him to agree to it.
    I can't get it to work.
  8. To betake oneself.
  9. To arrive (at) or progress (towards a place or outcome).
    When are we going to get to London?
    We're slowly getting there.
  10. To go or come (to a specified place, or in a specified manner).
    Get over here!
    She got from one side of the bridge to the other in no time.
  11. To adopt or assume (a certain position or state).
    The actors are getting into position.
    I'm getting into a muddle.
    We got behind the wall.
  12. To begin (doing something).
    We ought to get moving or we'll be late.
    After lunch we got chatting.
  13. To catch (a means of public transport).
    I normally get the 7.45 train.
  14. To respond to (a telephone call, a doorbell, etc).
    Can you get that call, please? I'm busy.
  15. 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!
  16. To understand.
    Yeah, I get it, it's just not funny.
    He's weird. I don't get him.
    Do you get math class today?
    I don't get what you mean by "fun". This place sucks!
  17. To be (used to form the passive of verbs).
    He got bitten by a dog.
  18. To catch (a disease).
    I went on holiday and got malaria.
  19. To catch out, trick successfully.
    He keeps calling pretending to be my boss — it gets me every time.
  20. To perplex, stump.
    That question's really got me.
  21. To find as an answer.
    What did you get for question four?
  22. To bring to reckoning; to catch (as a criminal).
    The cops finally got me.
  23. To physically assault.
    I'm gonna get him for that.
  24. To hear or catch.
    Sorry, I didn't get that. Could you repeat it?
  25. To getter.
    I put the getter into the container to get the gases.

: acquire, come by, get hold of, have, obtain, take possession of: receive, be given: bring, fetch: become: cause to be, cause to become, make: make: arrive at, reach: come, go, travel: go, move: begin, commence, start: catch, take: answer: be able to: dig, follow, make sense of, understand: be: catch, come down with: con, deceive, dupe, hoodwink, trick: confuse, perplex, stump: obtain: catch, nab, nobble: assault, beat, beat up: catch, hear: getter
  • 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!
  • 2008 October 15, Roger Simon, “McCain fails, Obama is not rattled”, Politico, politico.com
    He never got off his game plan. He never got shook up.