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Gather vs. Get

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Gatherverb

To collect; normally separate things.

‘I've been gathering ideas from the people I work with.’; ‘She bent down to gather the reluctant cat from beneath the chair.’;

Getverb

(ditransitive) To obtain; to acquire.

‘I'm going to get a computer tomorrow from the discount store.’; ‘Lance is going to get Mary a ring.’;

Gatherverb

Especially, to harvest food.

‘We went to gather some blackberries from the nearby lane.’;

Getverb

(transitive) 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.’;

Gatherverb

To accumulate over time, to amass little by little.

‘Over the years he'd gathered a considerable collection of mugs.’;

Getverb

To have. See usage notes.

‘I've got a concert ticket for you.’;

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Gatherverb

(intransitive) To congregate, or assemble.

‘People gathered round as he began to tell his story.’;

Getverb

(copulative) To become.

‘I'm getting hungry; how about you?’; ‘Don't get drunk tonight.’;

Gatherverb

(intransitive) To grow gradually larger by accretion.

Getverb

(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.’;

Gatherverb

To bring parts of a whole closer.

‘She gathered the shawl about her as she stepped into the cold.’;

Getverb

(transitive) To fetch, bring, take.

‘Can you get my bag from the living-room, please?’; ‘I need to get this to the office.’;

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Gatherverb

(sewing) To add pleats or folds to a piece of cloth, normally to reduce its width.

‘A gown should be gathered around the top so that it will remain shaped.’;

Getverb

(transitive) To cause to do.

‘Somehow she got him to agree to it.’; ‘I can't get it to work.’;

Gatherverb

(knitting) To bring stitches closer together.

‘Be careful not to stretch or gather your knitting.’; ‘If you want to emphasise the shape, it is possible to gather the waistline.’;

Getverb

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.’;

Gatherverb

(architecture) To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as for example where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue.

Getverb

(transitive) To cover (a certain distance) while travelling.

‘to get a mile’;

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Gatherverb

(nautical) To haul in; to take up.

‘to gather the slack of a rope’;

Getverb

(transitive) To cause to come or go or move.

Gatherverb

To infer or conclude; to know from a different source.

‘From his silence, I gathered that things had not gone well.’; ‘I gather from Aunty May that you had a good day at the match.’;

Getverb

(transitive) To cause to be in a certain status or position.

Gatherverb

To be filled with pus

‘Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.’;

Getverb

(intransitive) To begin (doing something).

‘We ought to get moving or we'll be late.’; ‘After lunch we got chatting.’;

Gatherverb

(glassblowing) To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.

Getverb

(transitive) 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.’;

Gatherverb

To gain; to win.

Getverb

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

‘Can you get that call, please? I'm busy.’;

Gathernoun

A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.

Getverb

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.’;

Gathernoun

The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.

Getverb

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.’;

Gathernoun

The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).

Getverb

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

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

Gathernoun

(glassblowing) A blob of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe.

Getverb

(informal) To be. Used to form the passive of verbs.

‘He got bitten by a dog.’;

Gathernoun

A gathering.

Getverb

(transitive) To become ill with or catch (a disease).

‘I went on holiday and got malaria.’;

Gatherverb

To bring together; to collect, as a number of separate things, into one place, or into one aggregate body; to assemble; to muster; to congregate.

‘And Belgium's capital had gathered themHer beauty and her chivalry.’; ‘When he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together.’;

Getverb

To catch out, trick successfully.

‘He keeps calling pretending to be my boss—it gets me every time.’;

Gatherverb

To pick out and bring together from among what is of less value; to collect, as a harvest; to harvest; to cull; to pick off; to pluck.

‘A rose just gathered from the stalk.’; ‘Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?’; ‘Gather us from among the heathen.’;

Getverb

To perplex, stump.

‘That question's really got me.’;

Gatherverb

To accumulate by collecting and saving little by little; to amass; to gain; to heap up.

‘He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.’; ‘To pay the creditor . . . he must gather up money by degrees.’;

Getverb

(transitive) To find as an answer.

‘What did you get for question four?’;

Gatherverb

To bring closely together the parts or particles of; to contract; to compress; to bring together in folds or plaits, as a garment; also, to draw together, as a piece of cloth by a thread; to pucker; to plait; as, to gather a ruffle.

‘Gathering his flowing robe, he seemed to standIn act to speak, and graceful stretched his hand.’;

Getverb

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

‘The cops finally got me.’; ‘I'm gonna get him for that.’;

Gatherverb

To derive, or deduce, as an inference; to collect, as a conclusion, from circumstances that suggest, or arguments that prove; to infer; to conclude.

‘Let me say no more!Gather the sequel by that went before.’;

Getverb

(transitive) To hear completely; catch.

‘Sorry, I didn't get that. Could you repeat it?’;

Gatherverb

To gain; to win.

‘He gathers ground upon her in the chase.’;

Getverb

(transitive) To getter.

‘I put the getter into the container to get the gases.’;

Gatherverb

To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue, or the like.

Getverb

To beget (of a father).

Gatherverb

To haul in; to take up; as, to gather the slack of a rope.

Getverb

(archaic) To learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; sometimes with out.

‘to get a lesson;’; ‘to get out one's Greek lesson’;

Gatherverb

To come together; to collect; to unite; to become assembled; to congregate.

‘When small humors gather to a gout.’; ‘Tears from the depth of some divine despairRise in the heart, and gather to the eyes.’;

Getverb

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

‘Get her with her new hairdo.’;

Gatherverb

To grow larger by accretion; to increase.

‘Their snowball did not gather as it went.’;

Getverb

Go away; get lost.

Gatherverb

To concentrate; to come to a head, as a sore, and generate pus; as, a boil has gathered.

Getverb

(euphemism) To kill.

‘They’re coming to get you, Barbara.’;

Gatherverb

To collect or bring things together.

‘Thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed.’;

Getverb

To make acquisitions; to gain; to profit.

Gathernoun

A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.

Getnoun

(dated) Offspring.

Gathernoun

The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.

Getnoun

Lineage.

Gathernoun

The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See Gather, v. t., 7.

Getnoun

A difficult return or block of a shot.

Gathernoun

sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching

Getnoun

Something gained.

Gathernoun

the act of gathering something

Getnoun

A git.

Gatherverb

assemble or get together;

‘gather some stones’; ‘pull your thoughts together’;

Getnoun

(Judaism) A Jewish writ of divorce.

Gatherverb

collect in one place;

‘We assembled in the church basement’; ‘Let's gather in the dining room’;

Getnoun

Jet, the mineral.

Gatherverb

collect or gather;

‘Journals are accumulating in my office’; ‘The work keeps piling up’;

Getnoun

Fashion; manner; custom.

Gatherverb

conclude from evidence;

‘I gather you have not done your homework’;

Getnoun

Artifice; contrivance.

Gatherverb

draw fabric together and sew it tightly

Getnoun

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

Gatherverb

get people together;

‘assemble your colleagues’; ‘get together all those who are interested in the project’; ‘gather the close family members’;

Getnoun

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

Gatherverb

look for (food) in nature;

‘Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall’;

Getverb

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.

Gatherverb

come together; assemble or accumulate

‘as soon as a crowd gathered, the police came’;

Getverb

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

‘Thou hast got the face of man.’;

Gatherverb

bring together and take in from scattered places or sources

‘information that we have gathered about people’;

Getverb

To beget; to procreate; to generate.

‘I had rather to adopt a child than get it.’;

Gatherverb

pick something up

‘I gathered up the prescription and went to the door’;

Getverb

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.

‘It being harder with him to get one sermon by heart, than to pen twenty.’;

Gatherverb

harvest grain or other crops

‘the harvest of wheat and barley had been gathered in’;

Getverb

To prevail on; to induce; to persuade.

‘Get him to say his prayers.’;

Gatherverb

collect plants, fruits, etc., for food

‘the Bushmen live by hunting and gathering’;

Getverb

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

‘Those things I bid you do; get them dispatched.’;

Gatherverb

pull (someone) into one's arms

‘she gathered the child in her arms’;

Getverb

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

‘Get thee out from this land.’; ‘He . . . got himself . . . to the strong town of Mega.’;

Gatherverb

increase in (speed, force, etc.)

‘the destroyer gathered speed’;

Getverb

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

‘We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get.’;

Gatherverb

infer; understand

‘I gathered that they were old friends’;

Getverb

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.

‘To get rid of fools and scoundrels.’; ‘His chariot wheels get hot by driving fast.’;

Gatherverb

summon up (a mental or physical attribute) for a purpose

‘she lay gathering her thoughts together’; ‘he gathered himself for a tremendous leap’;

Getverb

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’;

Gatherverb

gain or recover (one's breath)

‘she paused to gather her breath and leaned against the wall puffing’;

Getverb

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!’;

Gatherverb

draw and hold together (fabric or a part of a garment) by running thread through it

‘the front is gathered at the waist’;

Getverb

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’;

Gathernoun

a part of a garment that is gathered.

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress;

‘She arrived home at 7 o'clock’; ‘She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

take vengeance on or get even;

‘We'll get them!’; ‘That'll fix him good!’; ‘This time I got him’;

Getverb

achieve a point or goal;

‘Nicklaus had a 70’; ‘The Brazilian team got 4 goals’; ‘She made 29 points that day’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase;

‘We finally got the suspect’; ‘Did you catch the thief?’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

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

‘He got AIDS’; ‘She came down with pneumonia’; ‘She took a chill’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

move into a desired direction of discourse;

‘What are you driving at?’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

attract and fix;

‘His look caught her’; ‘She caught his eye’; ‘Catch the attention of the waiter’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

reach by calculation;

‘What do you get when you add up these numbers?’;

Getverb

acquire as a result of some effort or action;

‘You cannot get water out of a stone’; ‘Where did she get these news?’;

Getverb

purchase;

‘What did you get at the toy store?’;

Getverb

perceive by hearing;

‘I didn't catch your name’; ‘She didn't get his name when they met the first time’;

Getverb

suffer from the receipt of;

‘She will catch hell for this behavior!’;

Getverb

receive as a retribution or punishment;

‘He got 5 years in prison’;

Getverb

leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form;

‘Scram!’;

Getverb

reach and board;

‘She got the bus just as it was leaving’;

Getverb

irritate;

‘Her childish behavior really get to me’; ‘His lying really gets me’;

Getverb

evoke an emotional response;

‘Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time’;

Getverb

apprehend and reproduce accurately;

‘She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings’; ‘She got the mood just right in her photographs’;

Getverb

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

‘He drew a base on balls’;

Getverb

overcome or destroy;

‘The ice storm got my hibiscus’; ‘the cat got the goldfish’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

make children;

‘Abraham begot Isaac’; ‘Men often father children but don't recognize them’;

Getverb

come to have (something); receive

‘I got a letter from him the other day’; ‘what kind of reception did you get?’;

Getverb

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

‘I got a sudden pain in my left eye’;

Getverb

receive as a punishment or penalty

‘I'll get the sack if things go wrong’;

Getverb

contract (a disease or ailment)

‘I might be getting the flu’;

Getverb

succeed in attaining, achieving, or experiencing; obtain

‘he got a teaching job in California’; ‘I need all the sleep I can get’;

Getverb

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

‘I'll get you a drink’; ‘get another chair’;

Getverb

prepare (a meal)

‘Celia went to the kitchen to start getting their dinner’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

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

‘I got a taxi across to Baker Street’;

Getverb

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

Getverb

make contact with, especially by telephone

‘you can get me at home if you need me’;

Getverb

respond to a ring of (a telephone or doorbell)

‘I'll get the door!’;

Getverb

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

‘get her!’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

used with past participle to form the passive mood

‘the cat got drowned’;

Getverb

cause to be treated in a specified way

‘get the form signed by a doctor’;

Getverb

induce or prevail upon (someone) to do something

‘they got her to sign the consent form’;

Getverb

have the opportunity to do

‘he got to try out a few of these nice new cars’;

Getverb

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

‘we got talking one evening’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

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’;

Getverb

reach a specified point or stage

‘it's getting so I can't even think’;

Getverb

see have

Getverb

catch or apprehend (someone)

‘the police have got him’;

Getverb

strike or wound (someone) with a blow or missile

‘you got me in the eye!’;

Getverb

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

‘I'll get you for this!’;

Getverb

be punished, injured, or killed

‘wait until dad comes home, then you'll get it!’;

Getverb

be appropriately punished or rewarded

‘I'll get mine, you'll get yours, we'll all get wealthy’;

Getverb

annoy (someone) greatly

‘cleaning the same things all the time, that's what gets me’;

Getverb

baffle (someone)

‘she had got me there: I could not answer’;

Getverb

understand (an argument or the person making it)

‘What do you mean? I don't get it’;

Getverb

acquire (knowledge) by study; learn

‘that knowledge which is gotten at school’;

Getnoun

an animal's offspring.

Getnoun

a person whom the speaker dislikes or despises.

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