Does "to get the door" mean "to open the door". Is the definition new?

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Does "to get the door" mean "to open the door". Is the definition new?

Hi everyone.

I asked the same question on this forum around six months ago.

First I would like you to have a look at one of my old threads that I posted last year in September.

https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/274345-Get-the-door-and-open-the-door-get-the-door-open

Your answers were very helpful. But now, while I was browsing through the web I came across this definition in an online edition of Merriam-Webster dictionary.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/get%20the%20door

It has made me a little confused. So is it a new definition?
 

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Re: Does "to get the door" mean "to open the door". Is the definition new?

Yes, that's a different meaning.

The phrase get the door sometimes means 'answer the door' and sometimes means 'open the door'.
 

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Re: Does "to get the door" mean "to open the door". Is the definition new?

A common way to offer to open a door (in American English) is Can I get the door for you?
 

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Re: Does "to get the door" mean "to open the door". Is the definition new?

No, it's not new.
 

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Re: Does "to get the door" mean "to open the door". Is the definition new?

A common way to offer to open a door (in American English) is Can I get the door for you?


And if I am not wrong it can either mean open or close, like for instances I am helping an elderly person get out of a car. After he gets out I can say, "I'll get the door for you". Here it means "I'll close the door for you, you don't have to do it".

Am I right?
 

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Re: Does "to get the door" mean "to open the door". Is the definition new?

And if I am not wrong it can either mean open or close, like for instances I am helping an elderly person get out of a car. After he gets out I can say, "I'll get the door for you". Here it means "I'll close the door for you; you don't have to do it".

Am I right?

Yes; you are right.
 
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