Be vs. Get

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  • Be (verb)

    To exist; to have real existence.

  • Be (verb)

    , or dialectally it, as dummy subject}} To exist.

    "There is just one woman in town who can help us. (or, dialectally:) It is just one woman in town who can help us."

  • Be (verb)

    To occupy a place.

    "The cup is on the table."

  • Be (verb)

    To occur, to take place.

    "When will the meeting be?"

  • Be (verb)

    Elliptical form of "be here", "go to and return from" or similar.

    "The postman has been today, but my tickets have still not yet come."

    "I have been to Spain many times."

    "Moscow, huh? I've never been, but it sounds fascinating."

  • Be (verb)

    Used to indicate that the subject and object are the same.

    "Knowledge is bliss."

    "Hi, I’m Jim."

  • Be (verb)

    Used to indicate that the values on either side of an equation are the same.

    "3 times 5 is fifteen."

  • Be (verb)

    Used to indicate that the subject plays the role of the predicate nominal.

    "François Mitterrand was president of France from 1981 to 1995."

  • Be (verb)

    Used to connect a noun to an adjective that describes it.

    "The sky is blue."

  • Be (verb)

    Used to indicate that the subject has the qualities described by a noun or noun phrase.

    "The sky is a deep blue today."

  • Be (verb)

    Used to form the passive voice.

    "The dog was drowned by the boy."

  • Be (verb)

    Used to form the continuous forms of various tenses.

    "The woman is walking."

    "I shall be writing to you soon."

    "We liked to chat while we were eating."

  • Be (verb)

    Used to form the perfect aspect with certain intransitive verbs, most of which indicate motion. Often still used for "to go"

  • Be (verb)

    Used to form future tenses, especially the future periphrastic.

    "I am to leave tomorrow."

    "I would drive you, were I to obtain a car."

  • Be (verb)

    Used to link a subject to a measurement.

    "This building is three hundred years old."

    "I am 75 kilograms."

    "He’s about 6 feet tall."

  • Be (verb)

    Used to state the age of a subject in years.

    "I’m 20. (= I am 20 years old.)"

  • Be (verb)

    }} Used to indicate the time of day.

    "It is almost eight. (= It is almost eight o’clock.)"

    "It’s 8:30 [read eight-thirty] in Tokyo."

    "What time is it there? It’s night."

  • Be (verb)

    }} Used to indicate passage of time since the occurrence of an event.

    "It has been three years since my grandmother died. (similar to My grandmother died three years ago, but emphasizes the intervening period)"

    "It had been six days since his departure, when I received a letter from him."

  • Be (verb)

    as a dummy subject}} Used to indicate weather, air quality, or the like.

    "It is hot in Arizona, but it is not usually humid."

    "Why is it so dark in here?"

  • Be (verb)

    To exist or behave in a certain way.

    ""What do we do?" "We be ourselves.""

    "Why is he being nice to me?"

  • Be (verb)

    To tend to do, often do; marks the habitual aspect.

  • Get (verb)

    To obtain; to acquire.

    "I'm going to get a computer tomorrow from the discount store."

    "Lance is going to get Mary a ring."

  • Get (verb)

    To receive.

    "I got a computer from my parents for my birthday."

    "You need to get permission to leave early."

    "He got a severe reprimand for that."

  • Get (verb)

    To have. See usage notes.

    "I've got a concert ticket for you."

  • Get (verb)

    To become.

    "I'm getting hungry; how about you?"

    "Don't get drunk tonight."

  • Get (verb)

    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 upright|(or on'upright|)."

  • Get (verb)

    To fetch, bring, take.

    "Can you get my bag from the living-room, please?"

    "I need to get this to the office."

  • Get (verb)

    To cause to do.

    "Somehow she got him to agree to it."

    "I can't get it to work."

  • Get (verb)

    To adopt, assume, arrive at, or progress towards (a certain position, location, state).

    "The actors are getting into position."

    "When are we going to get to London?"

    "I'm getting into a muddle."

    "We got behind the wall."

  • Get (verb)

    To cover (a certain distance) while travelling.

    "to get a mile"

  • Get (verb)

    To cause to come or go or move.

  • Get (verb)

    To cause to be in a certain status or position.

  • Get (verb)

    To begin (doing something).

    "We ought to get moving or we'll be late."

    "After lunch we got chatting."

  • Get (verb)

    To take or catch (a scheduled transportation service).

    "I normally get the 7:45 train."

    "I'll get the 9 a.m. [flight] to Boston."

  • Get (verb)

    To respond to (a telephone call, a doorbell, etc).

    "Can you get that call, please? I'm busy."

  • Get (verb)

    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!"

    "The finders get to keep 80 percent of the treasure."

  • Get (verb)

    To understand. get it}}

    "Yeah, I get it, it's just not funny."

    "I don't get what you mean by "fun". This place sucks!"

    "I mentioned that I was feeling sad, so she mailed me a box of chocolates. She gets me."

  • Get (verb)

    To be told; be the recipient of (a question, comparison, opinion, etc.).

    ""You look just like Helen Mirren." / "I get that a lot.""

  • Get (verb)

    To be. Used to form the passive of verbs.

    "He got bitten by a dog."

  • Get (verb)

    To become ill with or catch (a disease).

    "I went on holiday and got malaria."

  • Get (verb)

    To catch out, trick successfully.

    "He keeps calling pretending to be my boss—it gets me every time."

  • Get (verb)

    To perplex, stump.

    "That question's really got me."

  • Get (verb)

    To find as an answer.

    "What did you get for question four?"

  • Get (verb)

    To bring to reckoning; to catch (as a criminal); to effect retribution.

    "The cops finally got me."

    "I'm gonna get him for that."

  • Get (verb)

    To hear completely; catch.

    "Sorry, I didn't get that. Could you repeat it?"

  • Get (verb)

    To getter.

    "I put the getter into the container to get the gases."

  • Get (verb)

    To beget (of a father).

  • Get (verb)

    To learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; sometimes with out.

    "to get a lesson;"

    "to get out one's Greek lesson"

  • Get (verb)

    Used with a personal pronoun to indicate that someone is being pretentious or grandiose.

    "Get her with her new hairdo."

  • Get (verb)

    Go away; get lost.

  • Get (verb)

    To kill.

    "They’re coming to get you, Barbara."

  • Get (verb)

    To make acquisitions; to gain; to profit.

  • Get (noun)


  • Get (noun)


  • Get (noun)

    A difficult return or block of a shot.

  • Get (noun)

    Something gained.

  • Get (noun)

    A git.

  • Get (noun)

    A Jewish writ of divorce.

  • Be (verb)


    "there must be something wrong"

    "I think, therefore I am"

    "there once was a man"

    "there are no easy answers"

  • Be (verb)

    be present

    "there were no curtains around the showers"

    "are there any castles in this area?"

  • Be (verb)

    occur; take place

    "that was before the war"

    "the exhibition will be in November"

    "the opening event is on October 16"

  • Be (verb)

    occupy a position in space

    "she was not at the window"

    "Salvation Street was on his left"

  • Be (verb)

    stay in the same place or condition

    "he's a tough customer—let him be"

  • Be (verb)


    "I'm at school doing A levels"

  • Be (verb)

    come; go; visit

    "he's from Missouri"

    "the doctor's been twice today"

    "I have just been to Thailand"

  • Be (verb)

    having the state, quality, identity, nature, role, etc., specified

    "the floor was uneven"

    "it will be Christmas soon"

    "father was not well"

    "Amy was 91"

    "I want to be a teacher"

    "‘Be careful,’ Mr Carter said"

  • Be (verb)


    "the tickets were £25"

  • Be (verb)

    amount to

    "one and one is two"

  • Be (verb)


    "let A be a square matrix of order n"

  • Be (verb)


    "we were everything to each other"

  • Be (verb)

    consist of; constitute

    "the monastery was several three-storey buildings"

  • Be (verb)


    "last time I saw her she was all ‘You need to quit smoking!’"

  • Be (verb)

    used with a present participle to form continuous tenses

    "he had been reading"

    "she will be waiting"

    "they are coming"

  • Be (verb)

    used with a past participle to form the passive voice

    "his book will be published"

    "it was done"

    "it is said"

  • Be (verb)

    used to indicate something that is due or destined to happen

    "construction is to begin next summer"

    "his mum was never to see him win"

  • Be (verb)

    used to express obligation or necessity

    "they said I was to remain on board"

    "you are to follow these orders"

  • Be (verb)

    used to express possibility

    "she was nowhere to be seen"

    "these snakes are to be found in North America"

  • Be (verb)

    used to hypothesize about something that might happen

    "if I were to lose"

    "if I was to tell you, you'd think I was mad"

  • Be (verb)

    used with the past participle of intransitive verbs to form perfect tenses

    "I am returned"

  • Get (verb)

    come to have (something); receive

    "I got a letter from him the other day"

    "what kind of reception did you get?"

  • Get (verb)

    experience, suffer, or be afflicted with (something bad)

    "I got a sudden pain in my left eye"

  • Get (verb)

    receive as a punishment or penalty

    "I'll get the sack if things go wrong"

  • Get (verb)

    contract (a disease or ailment)

    "I might be getting the flu"

  • Get (verb)

    succeed in attaining, achieving, or experiencing; obtain

    "he got a teaching job in California"

    "I need all the sleep I can get"

  • Get (verb)

    move in order to pick up or bring (something); fetch

    "I'll get you a drink"

    "get another chair"

  • Get (verb)

    prepare (a meal)

    "Celia went to the kitchen to start getting their dinner"

  • Get (verb)

    tend to meet with or find in a specified place or situation

    "for someone used to the tiny creatures we get in England it was something of a shock"

  • Get (verb)

    travel by or catch (a bus, train, or other form of transport)

    "I got a taxi across to Baker Street"

  • Get (verb)

    obtain (a figure or answer) as a result of calculation.

  • Get (verb)

    make contact with, especially by telephone

    "you can get me at home if you need me"

  • Get (verb)

    respond to a ring of (a telephone or doorbell)

    "I'll get the door!"

  • Get (verb)

    used to draw attention to someone whom one regards as pretentious or vain

    "get her!"

  • Get (verb)

    reach or cause to reach a specified state or condition

    "I need to get my hair cut"

    "he'd got thinner"

    "it's getting late"

    "you'll get used to it"

  • Get (verb)

    used with past participle to form the passive mood

    "the cat got drowned"

  • Get (verb)

    cause to be treated in a specified way

    "get the form signed by a doctor"

  • Get (verb)

    induce or prevail upon (someone) to do something

    "they got her to sign the consent form"

  • Get (verb)

    have the opportunity to do

    "he got to try out a few of these nice new cars"

  • Get (verb)

    begin to be or do something, especially gradually or by chance

    "we got talking one evening"

  • Get (verb)

    come, go, or make progress eventually or with some difficulty

    "Nigel got home very late"

    "he hadn't got very far with the book yet"

  • Get (verb)

    move or come into a specified position, situation, or state

    "Henry got to his feet"

    "she got into the car"

    "you don't want to get into debt"

  • Get (verb)

    succeed in making (someone or something) come, go, or move somewhere

    "she had to get them away from the rocks"

    "let's get you home"

  • Get (verb)

    reach a specified point or stage

    "it's getting so I can't even think"

  • Get (verb)

    see have

  • Get (verb)

    catch or apprehend (someone)

    "the police have got him"

  • Get (verb)

    strike or wound (someone) with a blow or missile

    "you got me in the eye!"

  • Get (verb)

    punish, injure, or kill (someone), especially as retribution

    "I'll get you for this!"

  • Get (verb)

    be punished, injured, or killed

    "wait until dad comes home, then you'll get it!"

  • Get (verb)

    be appropriately punished or rewarded

    "I'll get mine, you'll get yours, we'll all get wealthy"

  • Get (verb)

    annoy (someone) greatly

    "cleaning the same things all the time, that's what gets me"

  • Get (verb)

    baffle (someone)

    "she had got me there: I could not answer"

  • Get (verb)

    understand (an argument or the person making it)

    "What do you mean? I don't get it"

  • Get (verb)

    acquire (knowledge) by study; learn

    "that knowledge which is gotten at school"

  • Get (noun)

    an animal's offspring.

  • Get (noun)

    a person whom the speaker dislikes or despises.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Be (verb)

    To exist actually, or in the world of fact; to have existence.

  • Be (verb)

    To exist in a certain manner or relation, - whether as a reality or as a product of thought; to exist as the subject of a certain predicate, that is, as having a certain attribute, or as belonging to a certain sort, or as identical with what is specified, - a word or words for the predicate being annexed; as, to be happy; to be here; to be large, or strong; to be an animal; to be a hero; to be a nonentity; three and two are five; annihilation is the cessation of existence; that is the man.

  • Be (verb)

    To take place; to happen; as, the meeting was on Thursday.

  • Be (verb)

    To signify; to represent or symbolize; to answer to.

  • Get (noun)

    Jet, the mineral.

  • Get (noun)

    Fashion; manner; custom.

  • Get (noun)

    Artifice; contrivance.

  • Get (noun)

    Offspring; progeny; as, the get of a stallion.

  • Get (noun)

    A divorce granted by a Rabbi in accordance with Jewish law; also, the document attesting to the divorce.

  • Get

    To procure; to obtain; to gain possession of; to acquire; to earn; to obtain as a price or reward; to come by; to win, by almost any means; as, to get favor by kindness; to get wealth by industry and economy; to get land by purchase, etc.

  • Get

    Hence, with have and had, to come into or be in possession of; to have.

  • Get

    To beget; to procreate; to generate.

  • Get

    To obtain mental possession of; to learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; as to get a lesson; also with out; as, to get out one's Greek lesson.

  • Get

    To prevail on; to induce; to persuade.

  • Get

    To procure to be, or to cause to be in any state or condition; - with a following participle.

  • Get

    To betake; to remove; - in a reflexive use.

  • Get (verb)

    To make acquisition; to gain; to profit; to receive accessions; to be increased.

  • Get (verb)

    To arrive at, or bring one's self into, a state, condition, or position; to come to be; to become; - with a following adjective or past participle belonging to the subject of the verb; as, to get sober; to get awake; to get beaten; to get elected.

Webster Dictionary
  • Be (noun)

    a light strong brittle gray toxic bivalent metallic element

  • Be (verb)

    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun);

    "John is rich"

    "This is not a good answer"

  • Be (verb)

    be identical to; be someone or something;

    "The president of the company is John Smith"

    "This is my house"

  • Be (verb)

    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere;

    "Where is my umbrella?"

    "The toolshed is in the back"

    "What is behind this behavior?"

  • Be (verb)

    have an existence, be extant;

    "Is there a God?"

  • Be (verb)

    happen, occur, take place;

    "I lost my wallet; this was during the visit to my parents' house"

    "There were two hundred people at his funeral"

    "There was a lot of noise in the kitchen"

  • Be (verb)

    be identical or equivalent to;

    "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!"

  • Be (verb)

    form or compose;

    "This money is my only income"

    "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"

    "These constitute my entire belonging"

    "The children made up the chorus"

    "This sum represents my entire income for a year"

    "These few men comprise his entire army"

  • Be (verb)

    work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function;

    "He is a herpetologist"

    "She is our resident philosopher"

  • Be (verb)

    represent, as of a character on stage;

    "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"

  • Be (verb)

    spend or use time;

    "I may be an hour"

  • Be (verb)

    have life, be alive;

    "Our great leader is no more"

    "My grandfather lived until the end of war"

  • Be (verb)

    to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form;

    "let her be"

  • Be (verb)

    be priced at;

    "These shoes cost $100"

  • Get (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"

  • Get (verb)

    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!"

  • Get (verb)

    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"

  • Get (verb)

    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"

  • Get (verb)

    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress;

    "She arrived home at 7 o'clock"

    "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight"

  • Get (verb)

    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"

  • Get (verb)

    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"

  • Get (verb)

    take vengeance on or get even;

    "We'll get them!"

    "That'll fix him good!"

    "This time I got him"

  • Get (verb)

    achieve a point or goal;

    "Nicklaus had a 70"

    "The Brazilian team got 4 goals"

    "She made 29 points that day"

  • Get (verb)

    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"

  • Get (verb)

    succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase;

    "We finally got the suspect"

    "Did you catch the thief?"

  • Get (verb)

    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"

  • Get (verb)

    be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness;

    "He got AIDS"

    "She came down with pneumonia"

    "She took a chill"

  • Get (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"

  • Get (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"

  • Get (verb)

    move into a desired direction of discourse;

    "What are you driving at?"

  • Get (verb)

    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"

  • Get (verb)

    attract and fix;

    "His look caught her"

    "She caught his eye"

    "Catch the attention of the waiter"

  • Get (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"

  • Get (verb)

    reach by calculation;

    "What do you get when you add up these numbers?"

  • Get (verb)

    acquire as a result of some effort or action;

    "You cannot get water out of a stone"

    "Where did she get these news?"

  • Get (verb)


    "What did you get at the toy store?"

  • Get (verb)

    perceive by hearing;

    "I didn't catch your name"

    "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"

  • Get (verb)

    suffer from the receipt of;

    "She will catch hell for this behavior!"

  • Get (verb)

    receive as a retribution or punishment;

    "He got 5 years in prison"

  • Get (verb)

    leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form;


  • Get (verb)

    reach and board;

    "She got the bus just as it was leaving"

  • Get (verb)


    "Her childish behavior really get to me"

    "His lying really gets me"

  • Get (verb)

    evoke an emotional response;

    "Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time"

  • Get (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"

  • Get (verb)

    in baseball: earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher;

    "He drew a base on balls"

  • Get (verb)

    overcome or destroy;

    "The ice storm got my hibiscus"

    "the cat got the goldfish"

  • Get (verb)

    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"

  • Get (verb)

    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"

  • Get (verb)

    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"

  • Get (verb)

    make children;

    "Abraham begot Isaac"

    "Men often father children but don't recognize them"

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