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getting (See get)

Verb

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]getting n : the act of acquiring something; "I envied his talent for acquiring"; "he's much more interested in the getting than in the giving" [syn: acquiring]

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Pronunciation

  • /gɛtŋ/, /gɛdŋ/

Verb

getting
  1. present participle of get

Noun

  1. act of obtaining

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