getting Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the act of acquiring something
- I envied his talent for acquiring
- he's much more interested in the getting than in the giving
verb 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
verb enter or assume a certain state or condition
go; become; get.
- 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!
verb cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition
let; have; get.
- He got his squad on the ball
- This let me in for a big surprise
- He got a girl into trouble
verb receive a specified treatment (abstract)
receive; incur; obtain; find; get.
- 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
verb reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
arrive; come; get.
- She arrived home at 7 o'clock
- She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight
verb go or come after and bring or take back
bring; fetch; convey; get.
- Get me those books over there, please
- Could you bring the wine?
- The dog fetched the hat
verb go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
receive; have; experience; get.
- get an idea
- experience vertigo
- get nauseous
- receive injuries
- have a feeling
verb take vengeance on or get even
fix; get; pay back; pay off.
- We'll get them!
- That'll fix him good!
- This time I got him
verb achieve a point or goal
make; have; get.
- Nicklaus had a 70
- The Brazilian team got 4 goals
- She made 29 points that day
verb cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
get; make; induce; have; cause; stimulate.
- 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
verb succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
catch; capture; get.
- We finally got the suspect
- Did you catch the thief?
verb come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
acquire; produce; develop; grow; get.
- He grew a beard
- The patient developed abdominal pains
- I got funny spots all over my body
- Well-developed breasts
verb be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
take; contract; get.
- He got AIDS
- She came down with pneumonia
- She took a chill
verb 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
verb 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
verb move into a desired direction of discourse
aim; drive; get.
- What are you driving at?
verb 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
verb attract and fix
catch; arrest; get.
- His look caught her
- She caught his eye
- Catch the attention of the waiter
verb 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
verb reach by calculation
- What do you get when you add up these numbers?
verb acquire as a result of some effort or action
- You cannot get water out of a stone
- Where did she get these news?
- What did you get at the toy store?
verb perceive by hearing
- I didn't catch your name
- She didn't get his name when they met the first time
verb suffer from the receipt of
- She will catch hell for this behavior!
verb receive as a retribution or punishment
- He got 5 years in prison
verb leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form
bugger off; get; fuck off; buzz off; scram.
verb reach and board
- She got the bus just as it was leaving
get under one's skin; get.
- Her childish behavior really get to me
- His lying really gets me
verb evoke an emotional response
- Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time
verb apprehend and reproduce accurately
- She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings
- She got the mood just right in her photographs
verb earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher
- He drew a base on balls
verb overcome or destroy
- The ice storm got my hibiscus
- the cat got the goldfish
verb be a mystery or bewildering to
mystify; perplex; bewilder; get; beat; puzzle; pose; amaze; vex; baffle; flummox; stick; stupefy; gravel; nonplus; dumbfound.
- This beats me!
- Got me--I don't know the answer!
- a vexing problem
- This question really stuck me
verb take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
begin; get; start out; set about; start; set out; get down; commence.
- 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
verb undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
suffer; sustain; have; get.
- 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
verb make children
engender; sire; get; father; mother; bring forth; beget; generate.
- Abraham begot Isaac
- Men often father children but don't recognize them
The act of obtaining or acquiring; acquisition.
With all thy getting, get understanding. Prov. iv. 7.
That which is got or obtained; gain; profit.
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