get get [get] verb got PASTTENSE [gɒt ǁ gɑːt] got PASTPART gotten PASTPART [ˈgɒtn ǁ ˈgɑːtn] getting PRESPART
1. [transitive] to receive a particular amount of money:

• Uganda continues to get about $100 million a year in foreign aid.

• The company still gets a good return on its investments.

2. to be given or obtain a job or work:

• After university, Jonathan tried to get a job in journalism.

• They should be getting a lot of work through the Channel Tunnel project.

get something → across phrasal verb [transitive]
to succeed in making people understand what you are telling them:

• To get its message across, Reebok will boost its advertising budget this year to $220 million.

get ahead phrasal verb [intransitive]
to be more successful than other people or companies who are doing similar work:

• Working overseas is important to getting ahead in many companies.

get ahead of

• The merger should allow the new company to get ahead of the competition.

get around something also get round phrasal verb [transitive]
to find a way of dealing with a problem, especially by avoiding it altogether:

• Gasoline was smuggled across the border to get around an international trade embargo.

• The US banks searched for ways to get round these restrictions.

get back to somebody phrasal verb [transitive]
to talk or write to someone about something you had discussed together earlier:

• I left my name and number so they could get back to me.

get by phrasal verb [intransitive]
to manage to deal with a difficult situation, using whatever money, equipment etc you have; = manage:
get by on/​with

• The Fed made several changes designed to make it easier for banks to get by on fewer reserves.

• In Microsoft Windows, you can get by with just 2 megabytes of memory.

get down to something phrasal verb [transitive]
to finally start doing something that needs a lot of time or energy:

• Conflicts in meetings disappear rapidly once you get down to the details.

get into something phrasal verb [transitive]
to start working or trading in a particular product or service:

• Many young people want to get into advertising or public relations.

get on with something phrasal verb [transitive]
to make progress with a particular activity, plan etc:

• The board leaves the management teams to get on with the day-to-day running of each business.

get out phrasal verb
1. [intransitive] to stop investing in or making a particular product or performing a particular activity, usually because it is no longer making a profit:

• Investors can get out early if trouble arises.

get out of

• Most banks are now getting out of development finance.

2. [intransitive] to avoid meeting the terms of a contract, agreement etc:
get out of

• The company hopes the move will let it get out of costly gas supply contracts.

3. [transitive] get something out to succeed in producing something and making it available:

• We must get those letters out on time.

• IBM wanted to get out a system that the novice could use.

get out ahead phrasal verb [intransitive] COMMERCE
to have an advantage over the people you are competing against:

• The way to deal with the pressure is to get out ahead.

get round something phrasal verb [transitive]
another name for get
get through phrasal verb
1. [intransitive] to succeed in making someone understand something, especially when this is difficult:

• Including a joke gives your message impact and more chance of getting through.

get through to

• The party seems unable to get through to young voters.

2. [intransitive] to succeed in having a plan, law etc approved by an official group:

• His deficit reduction plan eventually got through Congress.

3. [intransitive] to succeed in reaching someone by telephone:

• The brokers received so many phone calls that many investors couldn't get through.

get through to

• It could take a client up to half an hour to get through to his dealer.

4. [transitive] get through something to deal with a large number of things in a particular order:

• We never seem to get through all the items on the agenda.

5. [transitive] get through something to manage to come to the end of a difficult situation or experience:

• The company got through a major restructuring without making any redundancies.

6. [transitive] get through something to use a lot of something or spend a lot of money:

• He got through at least $500 every weekend.

7. [transitive] get through something FINANCE if the price of something gets through a particular level on a financial market, it rises above that level:

• The failure of the dollar to get through 79.15 yen prompted the sudden sell-off.

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get UK US /get/ verb (-tt-, got, got, or US gotten)
[T] to obtain, buy, or earn something: »

I think she gets about $40,000 a year.

get sth for sth »

How much did he get for his business when he sold it?

[T] to receive or be given something: get sth from sb/sth »

The results we got from our market research team indicate that potential customers seem to like the new ad campaign.

[I, usually + adv/prep] to reach a particular stage, condition, or time: get to sth »

Your earnings increase hugely if you get to the top in the legal profession.

[T] INFORMAL to pay for something: »

I'll get the bill.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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