Get v. t. [imp. Got (Obs. Gat ); p. p. Got (Obsolescent Gotten ); p. pr. & vb. n. Getting.]
1. To procure; to obtain; to gain possession of; to acquire; to earn; to obtain as a price or reward; to come by; to win, by almost any means; as, to get favor by kindness; to get wealth by industry and economy; to get land by purchase, etc.
2. Hence, with have and had, to come into or be in possession of; to have.
Thou hast got the face of man. --Herbert.
3. To beget; to procreate; to generate.
I had rather to adopt a child than get it. --Shak.
4. To obtain mental possession of; to learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; as to get a lesson; also with out; as, to get out one's Greek lesson.
It being harder with him to get one sermon by heart, than to pen twenty. --Bp. Fell.
5. To prevail on; to induce; to persuade.
Get him to say his prayers. --Shak.
6. To procure to be, or to cause to be in any state or condition; -- with a following participle.
Those things I bid you do; get them dispatched. --Shak.
7. To betake; to remove; -- in a reflexive use.
Get thee out from this land. --Gen. xxxi. 13.
He . . . got himself . . . to the strong town of Mega. --Knolles.
Note: ☞ Get, as a transitive verb, is combined with adverbs implying motion, to express the causing to, or the effecting in, the object of the verb, of the kind of motion indicated by the preposition; thus, to get in, to cause to enter, to bring under shelter; as, to get in the hay; to get out, to make come forth, to extract; to get off, to take off, to remove; to get together, to cause to come together, to collect.
To get by heart, to commit to memory.
To get the better of, To get the best of, to obtain an advantage over; to surpass; to subdue.
To get up, to cause to be established or to exit; to prepare; to arrange; to construct; to invent; as, to get up a celebration, a machine, a book, an agitation.
Syn: -- To obtain; gain; win; acquire. See Obtain.
1. The act of obtaining or acquiring; acquisition.
With all thy getting, get understanding. --Prov. iv. 7.
2. That which is got or obtained; gain; profit.
Note: ☞ Lincoln's Gettysburg Address,
Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we cannot hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this earth.
v 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" [syn:
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!" [syn: 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" [syn: let,
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" [syn: 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" [syn: arrive, come] [ant: leave]
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" [syn: bring, convey, fetch] [ant: take
7: of 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" [syn: 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" [syn: pay back, pay
9: achieve a point or goal; "Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian
team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day" [syn: have,
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" [syn: 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?"
[syn: 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" [syn: grow, develop, produce,
13: be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He
got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a
chill" [syn: 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
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" [syn: make]
16: move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you
driving at?" [syn: drive, aim]
17: grasp with the mind or develop an undersatnding 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"
18: attract and fix; "His look caught her"; "She caught his
eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter" [syn: catch,
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" [syn: catch]
20: reach by calculation; "What do you get when you add up these
21: acquire as a result of some effort or action; "You cannot
get water out of a stone"; "Where did she get these
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" [syn: catch]
24: suffer from the receipt of; "She will catch hell for this
behavior!" [syn: catch]
25: receive as a retribution or punishment; "He got 5 years in
prison" [syn: receive]
26: leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form;
"Scram!" [syn: scram, buzz off, fuck off, bugger
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" [syn: get under one's skin]
29: evoke an emotional response; "Brahms's `Requiem' gets me
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" [syn: catch]
31: in baseball: earn or achieve a base by being walked by the
pitcher; "He drew a base on balls" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: get down, begin, start
out, start, set about, set out, commence] [ant:
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" [syn: suffer, sustain,
36: make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father
children but don't recognize them" [syn: beget, engender,
father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth]
[also: gotten, got, getting]
n : the act of acquiring something; "I envied his talent for
acquiring"; "he's much more interested in the getting
than in the giving" [syn: acquiring]