Syn. To obtain; gain; win; acquire. See Obtain.
(Get) v. i.
1. To make acquisition; to gain; to profit; to receive accessions; to be increased.
We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get.Shak.
2. To arrive at, or bring one's self into, a state, condition, or position; to come to be; to become; with a
following adjective or past participle belonging to the subject of the verb; as, to get sober; to get awake; to
get beaten; to get elected.
To get rid of fools and scoundrels.Pope.
His chariot wheels get hot by driving fast.Coleridge.
It [get] gives to the English language a middle voice, or a power of verbal expression which is neither
active nor passive. Thus we say to get acquitted, beaten, confused, dressed. Earle.
Get, as an intransitive verb, is used with a following preposition, or adverb of motion, to indicate, on the
part of the subject of the act, movement or action of the kind signified by the preposition or adverb; or,
in the general sense, to move, to stir, to make one's way, to advance, to arrive, etc.; as, to get away,
to leave, to escape; to disengage one's self from; to get down, to descend, esp. with effort, as from a
literal or figurative elevation; to get along, to make progress; hence, to prosper, succeed, or fare; to get
in, to enter; to get out, to extricate one's self, to escape; to get through, to traverse; also, to finish, to be
done; to get to, to arrive at, to reach; to get off, to alight, to descend from, to dismount; also, to escape,
to come off clear; to get together, to assemble, to convene.
To get ahead, to advance; to prosper. - - To get along, to proceed; to advance; to prosper. To
get a mile (or other distance), to pass over it in traveling. To get among, to go or come into the
company of; to become one of a number. To get asleep, to fall asleep. To get astray, to wander
out of the right way. To get at, to reach; to make way to. To get away with, to carry off; to capture; hence,
to get the better of; to defeat. To get back, to arrive at the place from which one departed; to return.
To get before, to arrive in front, or more forward. To get behind, to fall in the rear; to lag.
To get between, to arrive between. To get beyond, to pass or go further than; to exceed; to surpass.
"Three score and ten is the age of man, a few get beyond it." Thackeray. To get clear, to disengage
one's self; to be released, as from confinement, obligation, or burden; also, to be freed from danger or
embarrassment. To get drunk, to become intoxicated. To get forward, to proceed; to advance; also,
to prosper; to advance in wealth. To get home, to arrive at one's dwelling, goal, or aim. To get
into. (a) To enter, as, "she prepared to get into the coach." Dickens. (b) To pass into, or reach; as,
" a language has got into the inflated state." Keary. To get loose or free, to disengage one's
self; to be released from confinement. To get near, to approach within a small distance. To
get on, to proceed; to advance; to prosper. To get over. (a) To pass over, surmount, or overcome,
as an obstacle or difficulty. (b) To recover from, as an injury, a calamity. To get through. (a) To
pass through something. (b) To finish what one was doing. To get up. (a) To rise; to arise, as
from a bed, chair, etc. (b) To ascend; to climb, as a hill, a tree, a flight of stairs, etc.
(Get), n. Offspring; progeny; as, the get of a stallion.
(Get"en) obs. p. p. of Get. Chaucer.
(Geth) the original third pers. sing. pres. of Go. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Get"-pen`ny) n. Something which gets or gains money; a successful affair. [Colloq.] Chapman.
(Get"ta*ble) a. That may be obtained. [R.]