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Definition of 'get'


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


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: acquire
  2. 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!"
       Synonyms: become go
  3. 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"
       Synonyms: let have
  4. 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"
       Synonyms: receive find obtain incur
  5. reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress; "She arrived home at 7 o'clock"; "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight"
       Synonyms: arrive come
       Antonyms: leave go forth go away
  6. 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"
       Synonyms: bring convey fetch
       Antonyms: take away bear off bear away carry away carry off
  7. 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"
       Synonyms: experience receive have undergo
  8. take vengeance on or get even; "We'll get them!"; "That'll fix him good!"; "This time I got him"
       Synonyms: pay back pay off fix
  9. achieve a point or goal; "Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day"
       Synonyms: have make
  10. 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"
       Synonyms: induce stimulate cause have make
  11. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?"
       Synonyms: catch capture
  12. 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"
       Synonyms: grow develop produce acquire
  13. be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill"
       Synonyms: contract take
  14. 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"
  15. 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"
       Synonyms: make
  16. move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you driving at?"
       Synonyms: drive aim
  17. 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"
       Synonyms: catch
  18. attract and fix; "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter"
       Synonyms: catch arrest
  19. reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot; "the rock caught her in the back of the head"; "The blow got him in the back"; "The punch caught him in the stomach"
       Synonyms: catch
  20. reach by calculation; "What do you get when you add up these numbers?"
  21. acquire as a result of some effort or action; "You cannot get water out of a stone"; "Where did she get these news?"
  22. purchase; "What did you get at the toy store?"
  23. perceive by hearing; "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"
       Synonyms: catch
  24. suffer from the receipt of; "She will catch hell for this behavior!"
       Synonyms: catch
  25. receive as a retribution or punishment; "He got 5 years in prison"
       Synonyms: receive
  26. leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form; "Scram!"
       Synonyms: scram buzz off bugger off
  27. reach and board; "She got the bus just as it was leaving"
  28. irritate; "Her childish behavior really get to me"; "His lying really gets me"
       Synonyms: get under one's skin
  29. evoke an emotional response; "Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time"
  30. apprehend and reproduce accurately; "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; "She got the mood just right in her photographs"
       Synonyms: catch
  31. earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher; "He drew a base on balls"
       Synonyms: draw
  32. overcome or destroy; "The ice storm got my hibiscus"; "the cat got the goldfish"
  33. be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
       Synonyms: perplex vex stick puzzle mystify baffle beat pose bewilder flummox stupefy nonplus gravel amaze dumbfound
  34. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's get down to work now"
       Synonyms: get down begin start out start set about set out commence
       Antonyms: end terminate
  35. undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); "She suffered a fracture in the accident"; "He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars"; "She got a bruise on her leg"; "He got his arm broken in the scuffle"
       Synonyms: suffer sustain have
  36. make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
       Synonyms: beget engender father mother sire generate bring forth

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