get

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈgɛt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/gɛt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(get)


Inflections of 'get' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
gets
v 3rd person singular
got
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
getting
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
got
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (US & UK)
gotten
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (Mainly US)
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
get
Get is a very common verb which has several different meanings. Its past tense is got. In British English its -ed participle is also got. American speakers also use got, but they usually use gotten as the -ed participle for meanings 1 to 5 below.
➜ See gotten
meaning ‘become’
Get is very often used to mean ‘become’.
The sun shone and I got very hot.
I was getting quite hungry.
➜ See become
used for forming passives
In spoken English and informal writing, you often use get instead of ‘be’ to form passives.
My husband got fired from his job.
Our car gets cleaned about once every two months.
Don't use get to form passives in formal English.
used for describing movement
You use get instead of ‘go’ when you are describing a movement that involves difficulty.
They had to get across the field without being seen.
I don't think we can get over that wall.
Get is also used in front of in, into, on, and out to talk about entering and leaving vehicles and buildings.
I got into my car and drove into town.
I got out of there as fast as possible.
‘get to’
When you get to a place, you arrive there.
When we got to the top of the hill we had a rest.
Get to is also used in front of a verb to talk about attitudes, feelings, or knowledge that someone gradually starts to have.
I got to hate the sound of his voice.
I got to know the town really well.
transitive uses of ‘get’
If you get something, you obtain or receive it.
He's trying to get a new job.
I got the bike for Christmas.
‘have got’
Got is also used in the expression have got.
➜ See have got
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