Phrasal Verb 'Get'

We have 177 phrasal verb definitions related to 'Get'.

Get about

Meaning: Visit many places

Example: I GET ABOUT a lot with my job- last years I visited eleven countries.

Get about

Meaning: Become known

Example: It didn't take long for the news to GET ABOUT- everyone's talking about it.

Get about

Meaning: Walk or visit places

Example: She can't GET ABOUT much, but she is in her eighties.

Get about

Meaning: Have personal or sexual relationships with many people

Example: She GETS ABOUT a bit; she's always with some new guy.

Get above

Meaning: Behave as if you are better or more important than others

Example: She's been GETTING ABOVE HERSELF since she got promoted. (This is normally used in progressive forms and followed by a reflexive pronoun, though 'get above your station' is also used.)

Get across

Meaning: Communicate successfully

Example: I just couldn't GET my message ACROSS at the meeting.

Get across

Meaning: Go from one side to the other

Example: It's impossible to GET ACROSS the road with all this traffic.

Get across

Meaning: Move something from one side to the other

Example: How are we going to GET these bags ACROSS the river?

Get across to

Meaning: Be convincing or make a good impression

Example: How can I GET ACROSS TO my audience?

Get after

Meaning: Nag or exhort someone

Example: You should GET AFTER them to finish the work.

Get after

Meaning: Chase

Example: GET AFTER her and give her the message before she leaves the building.

Get ahead

Meaning: Progress

Example: Nowadays, you need IT skills if you want to GET AHEAD.

Get ahead of

Meaning: Move in front of

Example: I work at home in the evening to GET AHEAD OF schedule.

Get along

Meaning: Have a good relationship

Example: Why don't you two GET ALONG? You're always arguing.

Get along

Meaning: Leave

Example: It's late; we must be GETTING ALONG.

Get along

Meaning: Progess

Example: How's the homework GETTING ALONG?

Get along in

Meaning: Progress

Example: How are you GETTING ALONG IN the company.

Get along with

Meaning: Have a good relationship with someone

Example: I don't GET ALONG WITH my sister- we have nothing in common.

Get along with

Meaning: Deal with, handle

Example: How are you GETTING ALONG WITH the training course?

Get around

Meaning: Become known

Example: It didn't take long for the news to GET AROUND once it got into the newspapers.

Get around

Meaning: Visit many different places

Example: He GETS AROUND a lot- he's always flying somewhere different.

Get around

Meaning: Walk or go to places

Example: He's finding it hard to GET AROUND since the operation and spends most of his time at home.

Get around

Meaning: Avoid a problem

Example: It'll be tricky, but we will find a way to GET AROUND the regulations.

Get around

Meaning: Persuade, convince

Example: She didn't want to accept my application because it was late, but I managed to GET AROUND her.

Get around

Meaning: Have personal or sexual relationships with many people

Example: He GETS AROUND a bit; he's always with some new girlfriend.

Get around to

Meaning: Finally manage to do something, make the effort to do something

Example: It always takes me ages to GET AROUND to replying to letters.

Get at

Meaning: Criticise

Example: His boss is always GETTING AT him for arriving late.

Get at

Meaning: Mean

Example: What do you think she's GETTING AT? I've no idea what she wants.

Get at

Meaning: Be able to reach, find, access

Example: It's on the top shelf and I can't GET AT it.

Get at

Meaning: Use threats, payments, bribes, etc, to affect someone's testimony or decision

Example: The gangsters GOT AT the jury, who found them not guilty of all charges despite the evidence presented in court.

Get away

Meaning: Escape

Example: The robbers GOT AWAY in a stolen car, which the police later found abandoned.

Get away

Meaning: Go on holiday or for a short break

Example: We love to GET AWAY from everything and relax in the country.

Get away

Meaning: Move, leave somewhere

Example: He didn't come because he was stuck at work and couldn't GET AWAY.

Get away from

Meaning: Go somewhere different or do something different

Example: Work's getting on top of me; I need to GET AWAY FROM it.

Get away from

Meaning: Start to talk about something that is not relevant to the discussion

Example: I think we're GETTING AWAY FROM the point here- we need to concentrate on the main ideas.

Get away with

Meaning: Not get caught, criticised or punished for doing something wrong

Example: Thieves GOT AWAY WITH two Picassos, which were never found.

Get away with

Meaning: Achieve something, despite not doing it correctly or properly

Example: Do you think we could GET AWAY WITH using the cheaper product?

Get away!

Meaning: An expression of disbelief

Example: "I passed." "GET AWAY! You couldn't have passed."

Get back

Meaning: Return

Example: The train was held up so we didn't GET BACK home until midnight.

Get back

Meaning: Return something

Example: Don't lend him any money; you'll never GET it BACK.

Get back

Meaning: Revenge

Example: He was rude and embarrassed me, but I'll GET him BACK.

Get back

Meaning: Move away

Example: The police told the crowd to GET BACK to allow the ambulance through.

Get back

Meaning: Move away

Example: The police told the crowd to GET BACK to allow the ambulance through.

Get back at

Meaning: Take revenge

Example: I'll GET BACK AT her for landing me in trouble.

Get back into

Meaning: Start doing something after stopping for some time

Example: I am GETTING BACK INTO my Khmer lessons after the summer break.

Get back into

Meaning: Find a new enthusiasm for something

Example: I lost interest for a while, but I'm GETTING BACK INTO it.

Get back to

Meaning: Respond to a contact

Example: I'll GET BACK TO you as soon as I hear any news.

Get back to

Meaning: Respond when you know the answer

Example: I don't know at the moment, but I will GET BACK TO you as soon as I have the information.

Get back to

Meaning: Start doing something again after an interruption

Example: It took me ages to GET BACK TO sleep after the phone rang.

Get back together

Meaning: Restart a relationship

Example: We split up a few months ago but GOT BACK TOGETHER last week.

Get behind

Meaning: Support

Example: All the students GOT BEHIND the teacher.

Get behind with

Meaning: Be late paying instalments for something.

Example: If you GET BEHIND WITH mortgage payments, you might lose your home.

Get by

Meaning: Have just enough money to live on

Example: They're finding it increasingly difficult to GET BY since their daughter was born.

Get by

Meaning: Not be noticed (problems, errors, etc)

Example: I had checked it, but there still were a few mistakes that didn't GET BY the editor.

Get by on

Meaning: Manage on a certain amount of money

Example: It's hard to GET BY ON my salary.

Get by with

Meaning: Have enough of something to do the job

Example: We should be able to GET BY WITH three PCs, but four would be better.

Get down

Meaning: Make someone depressed, unhappy, exhausted, etc.

Example: The miserable weather in winter really GETS me DOWN.

Get down

Meaning: Write, record

Example: I couldn't GET DOWN everything he said.

Get down

Meaning: Manage to swallow

Example: The medicine tasted horrible and it was difficult to GET it DOWN.

Get down

Meaning: Descend, leave a vehicle

Example: The trained pulled in and we GOT DOWN.

Get down

Meaning: Leave the table after eating

Example: When they had finished dinner, the children asked if they could GET DOWN.

Get down

Meaning: Reduce

Example: The doctor says I my GET my cholesterol levels DOWN.

Get down

Meaning: Have an affair or sexual relations

Example: They GOT DOWN at the party last week.

Get down on

Meaning: Criticise

Example: My mother used to GET DOWN ON us for not doing enough homework.

Get down to

Meaning: Start working seriously

Example: I find it extremely difficult to GET DOWN TO doing any revision for examinations.

Get down to

Meaning: Enjoy something a lot

Example: People were GETTING DOWN TO the concert.

Get in

Meaning: Arrange for someone to do a job in your home, workplace, etc

Example: The air conditioning has broken down; we'll have to GET a technician IN to fix it.

Get in

Meaning: Arrive (train, plane, etc.)

Example: Her plane GETS IN at 2am our time.

Get in

Meaning: Arrive home

Example: She didn't GET IN till well after twelve o'clock because she'd been out for a few drinks with her mates.

Get in

Meaning: Enter a car or taxi

Example: The taxi pulled up and we GOT IN.

Get in

Meaning: Buy or obtain supplies, like food

Example: We need to GET some coffee IN; we're completely out.

Get in

Meaning: Arrive at work, school, home

Example: I GOT IN late today because the train broke down.

Get in

Meaning: Enter a building or place

Example: I borrowed her pass to GET IN.

Get in

Meaning: Be elected

Example: The government GOT IN with a very small majority.

Get in

Meaning: Manage to say or do

Example: I couldn't GET a word IN throughout the meeting.

Get in

Meaning: Be admitted to a university, club, etc

Example: He did badly in the entrance exam and didn't GET IN.

Get in

Meaning: Bring inside a place

Example: It's raining; I'd better GET the washing IN.

Get in

Meaning: Submit, apply

Example: We have to GET the forms IN by the end of this week.

Get in

Meaning: Pay for drinks

Example: He GOT the drinks IN.

Get in on

Meaning: Become involved

Example: The company tried to GET IN ON our market.

Get in with

Meaning: Become friendly with, ingratiate with

Example: I tried to GET IN WITH them as I thought it would help me at work.

Get into

Meaning: Become involved or interested

Example: She's been GETTING INTO dance music recently.

Get into

Meaning: Become involved in something bad or criminal

Example: He GOT INTO drugs when he was at university.

Get into

Meaning: Be accepted or admitted

Example: She did well and GOT INTO Cambridge University.

Get into

Meaning: Become or be accepted as a member

Example: He GOT INTO the first team for football.

Get into

Meaning: Start a habit or way of acting or behaving

Example: It took me ages to GET INTO driving on the left.

Get into

Meaning: Be small enough to wear something

Example: I couldn't GET INTO the boots; they were too tight.

Get into

Meaning: Criticise

Example: He GOT INTO me for doing it badly.

Get it

Meaning: Be punished or scolded

Example: If you don't stop that right now, you'll really GET IT!

Get it off

Meaning: Have sex

Example: They GOT IT OFF at the party.

Get it off with

Meaning: Have sex with

Example: She GOT IT OFF WITH her friend's husband.

Get it on

Meaning: Become interested or excited

Example: The talk was dull and nobody GOT IT ON.

Get it on

Meaning: Have sex

Example: Did you two GET IT ON?

Get it on with

Meaning: Have sex with

Example: Did you GET IT ON WITH him?

Get it together

Meaning: Control things in your life to achieve your aims

Example: If I don't GET IT TOGETHER, I will never reach my targets.

Get it together

Meaning: Begin a relationship

Example: They only GET IT TOGETHER at the very end of the film.

Get it up

Meaning: Become aroused (of a man)

Example: He couldn't GET IT UP and felt very embarrassed.

Get off

Meaning: Escape punishment

Example: He GOT OFF on a technicality and left the court a free man.

Get off

Meaning: Leave a bus, train, etc.

Example: We GOT OFF the bus and walked to my house.

Get off

Meaning: Finish, leave work

Example: I like to GET OFF early on Fridays.

Get off

Meaning: Start a journey

Example: We need to GET OFF early to avoid the rush hour traffic.

Get off

Meaning: Help a baby or child sleep

Example: I can't GET the kids OFF because of the noise from next door.

Get off

Meaning: Orgasm, have sex

Example: We GOT OFF last night.

Get off

Meaning: Manage to fire a gun

Example: She GOT OFF a few shots before she was arrested.

Get off

Meaning: Stop talking on the phone

Example: Let me know when he GETS OFF the phone as I need to make a call.

Get off

Meaning: Write or send letters, messages, etc

Example: I GOT three emails OFF before the meeting.

Get off

Meaning: Say or write something funny

Example: She GOT OFF some jokes at the start of her presentation.

Get off it

Meaning: A way of expressing disbelief, or telling someone that they're wrong or have an incorrect opinion

Example: I knew he was lying so I told him to GET OFF IT.

Get off on

Meaning: Enjoy a drug

Example: He GETS OFF ON crystal meth every night.

Get off on

Meaning: Become excited by

Example: She GETS OFF ON her power over us.

Get off with

Meaning: Have casual sex with

Example: He GOT OFF WITH her at the party.

Get off!

Meaning: Don't touch, leave alone

Example: If he bothers you, just tell him where to GET OFF.

Get on

Meaning: Continue doing something

Example: The teacher asked the pupils to GET ON with some work quietly as she had to leave the classroom.

Get on

Meaning: Enter a bus, train, plane, etc.

Example: We GOT ON the train at Plymouth and went up to London.

Get on

Meaning: Make progress, deal with something with a reasonable degree of success

Example: How are you GETTING ON with your Spanish lessons?

Get on

Meaning: Have a good relationship

Example: We have always GOT ON well.

Get on

Meaning: Become old, age

Example: He's GETTING ON now and doesn't work so hard.

Get on

Meaning: Be late or near an arranged time

Example: I must get home now; it's GETTING ON.

Get on

Meaning: Wear, fit

Example: I have put so much weight on that I couldn't GET my old suits ON.

Get on

Meaning: Leave

Example: I must be GETTING ON; I have other things to do this evening.

Get on at

Meaning: Criticise unfairly

Example: He's always GETTING ON AT me when I haven't done anything wrong.

Get on for

Meaning: Be near a time

Example: It's GETTING ON FOR midnight.

Get on to

Meaning: Start to suspect

Example: It took the authorities a long time to GET ON TO the gang.

Get on with

Meaning: Have a good relationship

Example: Fortunately, I GET ON WITH my boss.

Get on with

Meaning: Continue or start doing something

Example: She told us to GET ON WITH our work.

Get onto

Meaning: Start discussing a topic

Example: We didn't GET ONTO the third item on the agenda.

Get onto

Meaning: Be elected, appointed

Example: He didn't GET ONTO the committee.

Get onto

Meaning: Appear on the radio or TV

Example: He GOT ONTO every major channel after the accident.

Get onto

Meaning: Contact someone because you need or want them to do something

Example: We'd better GET ONTO someone to fix this.

Get onto

Meaning: Enter a plane, train, etc

Example: She GOT ONTO the plane just before it took off.

Get out

Meaning: Leave the house to visit place and socialise

Example: She doesn't GET OUT much now she has her baby.

Get out

Meaning: Become known when people want it to remain secret

Example: The truth GOT OUT despite the injunction on reporting the case.

Get out

Meaning: Leave a place, escape

Example: The dog GOT OUT because I left the door open.

Get out

Meaning: Remove something from where it is stored to use it

Example: I GOT the car OUT so that we could load up the suitcases.

Get out

Meaning: Remove dirt or something unwanted

Example: I spilled some red wine on my carpet and can't GET the stains OUT.

Get out

Meaning: Publish, make available for the public to see or buy

Example: We have to GET the report OUT by the end of the month.

Get out

Meaning: Say what you want when it is difficult

Example: He was so upset he couldn't GET the words OUT.

Get out of

Meaning: Avoid doing something you dislike

Example: I said I wasn't feeling well and GOT OUT OF the extra work.

Get out of

Meaning: Leave a car, van, etc.

Example: We GOT OUT OF the taxi and paid the driver.

Get out of

Meaning: Stop a regular activity or habit

Example: If you GET OUT OF a routine, it can be hard to start again.

Get out of

Meaning: Make someone confess or tell the truth

Example: The police couldn't GET any information OUT OF him.

Get out of

Meaning: Make someone give something to you

Example: Did you GET a refund OUT OF the travel agency?

Get out of

Meaning: Derive pleasure or benefit from something

Example: She's GETTING a lot OUT OF her university course.

Get out of

Meaning: Help someone avoid doing something

Example: I GOT him OUT OF having to work at the weekend.

Get out!

Meaning: Expression of disbelief

Example: 'I got 100% on the test.' 'Get out!'

Get over

Meaning: Recover from something, feel better

Example: It took me ages to GET OVER the bout of flu.

Get over

Meaning: Solve, find a solution

Example: It took us a long time to GET OVER the problems with the computer system.

Get over

Meaning: Communicate, make people understand

Example: He makes jokes to help GET his message OVER.

Get over

Meaning: Be shocked or surprised that something if real or true

Example: I couldn't GET OVER how much weight he had put on.

Get over

Meaning: Get to the other side

Example: We couldn't GET OVER the river because of the floods.

Get over

Meaning: Come somewhere

Example: He said he needed help and ask me to GET OVER as soon as I could.

Get over with

Meaning: Do something unpleasant that has to be done rather than delaying it any more

Example: I GOT the test OVER WITH rather than have to worry about it any longer.

Get round

Meaning: Become known

Example: I don't want this to GET ROUND, so please keep it to yourself.

Get round

Meaning: Find a solution

Example: We're nearly ready, but there are few little problems we have to GET ROUND before we finish.

Get round (around) to

Meaning: Finally manage to do something

Example: It always takes me ages to GET ROUND to writing letters. (In American English 'around' is used)

Get round (or around)

Meaning: Persuade someone

Example: She didn't want to let me do it, but I succeeded in GETTING ROUND her. (In American English 'around' is used)

Get through

Meaning: Contact

Example: I tried calling her mobile phone, but I couldn't GET THROUGH.

Get through

Meaning: Consume

Example: He GETS THROUGH two bottles of wine a day.

Get through

Meaning: Finish

Example: I'm going to take some work home because I haven't managed to GET THROUGH it all today.

Get through

Meaning: Finish

Example: Call me when you GET THROUGH.

Get through

Meaning: Succeed in an exam or test

Example: My car didn't GET THROUGH its inspection.

Get through

Meaning: Help someone or something succeed or pass a test or exam

Example: My teacher GOT me THROUGH the exam.

Get through

Meaning: Endure or deal with a difficult experience

Example: We will have to be careful with our money to GET THROUGH the month.

Get through

Meaning: Be accepted or passed (laws, proposals, etc)

Example: If the proposal GETS THROUGH, it'll make things much better for us.

Get through

Meaning: Manage to pass

Example: The water GOT THROUGH the roof and damaged the carpets.

Get through

Meaning: Arrive

Example: The message didn't GET THROUGH.

Get through to

Meaning: Make someone understand

Example: I explained it carefully, but I just couldn't GET THROUGH TO him.

Get through to

Meaning: Contact, especially by phone

Example: I rang but couldn't GET THROUGH TO her.

Get through to

Meaning: Reach a stage in a competition

Example: If they win, they'll GET THROUGH TO the quarter finals.

Get to

Meaning: Annoy, irritate

Example: Don't let her GET TO you; she's just in a bad mood.

Get to

Meaning: Arrive

Example: When I GET TO it, I'll look at the matter carefully.

Get to

Meaning: Start discussing a topic

Example: We asked him to GET TO the point, but he just waffled away.

Get to

Meaning: Have the opportunity to do something

Example: Last June I GOT TO visit Stonehenge.

Get together

Meaning: Meet socially

Example: We GOT TOGETHER in the pub for a drink.

Get up

Meaning: Get out of bed

Example: I GET UP at seven o'clock on weekdays, but lie in till noon at the weekend.

Get up

Meaning: Organise

Example: They GOT UP a list of two hundred people who were opposed to the local council's plans.

Get up to

Meaning: Do something wrong or naughty

Example: The children are always GETTING UP TO some trouble or other.