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got (See get)


1 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" [syn: acquire]
2 enter or assume a certain state or condition; "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!" [syn: become, go]
3 cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition; "He got his squad on the ball"; "This let me in for a big surprise"; "He got a girl into trouble" [syn: let, have]
4 receive a specified treatment (abstract); "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" [syn: receive, find, obtain, incur]
5 reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress; "She arrived home at 7 o'clock"; "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight" [syn: arrive, come] [ant: leave]
6 go or come after and bring or take back; "Get me those books over there, please"; "Could you bring the wine?"; "The dog fetched the hat" [syn: bring, convey, fetch] [ant: take away]
7 of mental or physical states or experiences; "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "undergo a strange sensation"; "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; "The fluid undergoes shear"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling" [syn: experience, receive, have, undergo]
8 take vengeance on or get even; "We'll get them!"; "That'll fix him good!"; "This time I got him" [syn: pay back, pay off, fix]
9 achieve a point or goal; "Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day" [syn: have, make]
10 cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "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" [syn: induce, stimulate, cause, have, make]
11 succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?" [syn: catch, capture]
12 come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body"; "Well-developed breasts" [syn: grow, develop, produce, acquire]
13 be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill" [syn: contract, take]
14 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"
15 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" [syn: make]
16 move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you driving at?" [syn: drive, aim]
17 grasp with the mind or develop an undersatnding 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" [syn: catch]
18 attract and fix; "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter" [syn: catch, arrest]
19 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" [syn: catch]
20 reach by calculation; "What do you get when you add up these numbers?"
21 acquire as a result of some effort or action; "You cannot get water out of a stone"; "Where did she get these news?"
22 purchase; "What did you get at the toy store?"
23 perceive by hearing; "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time" [syn: catch]
24 suffer from the receipt of; "She will catch hell for this behavior!" [syn: catch]
25 receive as a retribution or punishment; "He got 5 years in prison" [syn: receive]
26 leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form; "Scram!" [syn: scram, buzz off, fuck off, bugger off]
27 reach and board; "She got the bus just as it was leaving"
28 irritate; "Her childish behavior really get to me"; "His lying really gets me" [syn: get under one's skin]
29 evoke an emotional response; "Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time"
30 apprehend and reproduce accurately; "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; "She got the mood just right in her photographs" [syn: catch]
31 in baseball: earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher; "He drew a base on balls" [syn: draw]
32 overcome or destroy; "The ice storm got my hibiscus"; "the cat got the goldfish"
33 be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me" [syn: perplex, vex, stick, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound]
34 take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "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" [syn: get down, begin, start out, start, set about, set out, commence] [ant: end]
35 undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); "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" [syn: suffer, sustain, have]
36 make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them" [syn: beget, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth] [also: gotten, got, getting]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) 'gɒt, "gQt
  • (US) ˈgɑt, "gAt
  • Rhymes: -ɒt


  1. We got the last bus home.
  2. past participle of get
    By that time we'd got very cold.
    I've got two children.
    How many children have you got?
    Usage note: The second sentence literally means "At some time in the past I got (obtained) two children", but in "have got" constructions like this, where "got" is used in the sense of "obtained", the sense of obtaining is lost, becoming merely one of possessing, and the sentence is in effect just a more colloquial way of saying "I have two children". Similarly, the third sentence is just a more colloquial way of saying "How many children do you have?"
  3. Expressing obligation.
    I can't go out tonight, I've got to study for my exams.
    Usage note: "Got" is a filler word here with no obvious grammatical or semantic function. "I have to study for my exams" has the same meaning.

Old High German



  1. god

Extensive Definition

Gott may refer to:
Got or GOT may refer to:
Gott is a German language word meaning "god" and is the surname of:
  • Benjamin Gott (1762–1840), British textile manufacturer.
  • Daniel Gott (1794–1864), U.S. Representative from New York.
  • John William Gott (1866–1922), the last person in Britain to be sent to prison for blasphemy.
  • William Gott (1897–1942), known as "Strafer", British General of the Second World War in the Middle East.
  • Richard Gott (born 1938), British journalist and historian.
  • Karel Gott (born 1939), Czech singer.
  • Larry Gott (born 1957), British musician.
  • Jim Gott (born 1959), U.S. baseball player.
  • J. Richard Gott, U.S. astrophysicist.
got in German: Gott (Begriffsklärung)
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