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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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From Old Norse geta (the Old English cognate existing only in compounds such as forġietan ‘forget’, beġietan ‘beget’, etc.).

  1. Offspring.

Infinitive
to get

Third person singular
gets

Simple past
got

Past participle
got, (North American or British archaic) gotten

Present participle
getting

to get (third-person singular simple present gets, present participle getting, simple past got, past participle got, (North American or British archaic) gotten)

  1. (transitive) To obtain, purchase or acquire.
    I'm going to get a computer tomorrow from the discount store.
    You need to get permission to leave early.
  2. (transitive) To receive.
    I got a computer from my parents for my birthday.
    He got a severe reprimand for that.
  3. (transitive) To fetch.
    Can you get my bag from the living-room, please?
  4. (copulative) To become.
    I'm getting hungry, how about you?
    Don't get drunk tonight.
  5. (transitive) To cause to become; to bring about
    That song gets me so depressed every time I hear it.
    I'll get this finished by lunchtime.
    I can't get these boots off.
  6. (transitive) To cause to do.
    Somehow she got him to agree to it.
    I can't get it to work.
  7. (intransitive) To arrive (at) or progress (towards a place or outcome).
    When are we going to get to London?
    We're slowly getting there.
  8. (intransitive) To go or come (to a specified place, or in a specified manner)
    Get over here!
    She got from one side of the bridge to the other in no time.
  9. (intransitive) (with various prepositions, such as into, over or behind; for specific idiomatic senses see individual entries get into, get over, etc.) To adopt or assume (a certain position or state).
    The actors are getting into position.
    I'm getting into a muddle.
    We got behind the wall.
  10. (intransitive) To begin (doing something).
    We ought to get moving or we'll be late.
    After lunch we got chatting.
  11. (transitive) To catch (a means of public transport).
    I normally get the 7.45 train.
  12. (transitive, idiomatic) To respond to (a telephone call, a doorbell, etc).
    Can you get that call, please? I'm busy.
  13. (intransitive, followed by infinitive) To be able, permitted (to do something); to have the opportunity (to do something).
    I'm so jealous that you got to see them perform live!
  14. (transitive, informal) To understand.
    Yeah, I get it, it's just not funny.
    He's weird. I don't get him.
    Do you get math class?
    I don't get what you mean by "fun". This place sucks!
  15. (transitive) To be (used to form the passive of verbs)
    He got bitten by a dog.
  16. (transitive, informal) To catch (a disease).
    I went on holiday and got malaria.
  17. (transitive, informal) To catch out, trick.
    He keeps calling pretending to be my boss — it gets me every time.
  18. (transitive, informal) To perplex, stump.
    That question's really got me.
  19. (transitive) To find as an answer.
    What did you get for question four?
  20. (transitive, informal) To bring to reckoning; to catch (as a criminal).
    The cops finally got me.
  21. (transitive, informal) To physically assault.
    I'm gonna get him for that.
  22. (transitive, informal) To hear.
    Sorry, I didn't get that. Could you repeat it?


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