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Difference Between Get and Strive

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Get

Come to have (something); receive
I got a letter from him the other day
What kind of reception did you get?

Strive

Make great efforts to achieve or obtain something
National movements were striving for independence
We must strive to secure steady growth

Get

Succeed in attaining, achieving, or experiencing; obtain
He got a teaching job in California
I need all the sleep I can get

Strive

To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.

Get

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

Strive

To struggle or fight forcefully; contend
Strive against injustice.
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Get

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

Strive

To try to achieve a result; to make strenuous effort; to try earnestly and persistently.
He strove to excel.
We strive for the truth.

Get

See have

Strive

To struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest.
To strive against fate

Get

Catch or apprehend (someone)
The police have got him

Strive

To vie; to compete as a rival.
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Get

Understand (an argument or the person making it)
What do you mean? I don't get it

Strive

To make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with earnestness; to labor hard.
Was for this his ambition stroveTo equal Cæsar first, and after, Jove?

Get

Acquire (knowledge) by study; learn
That knowledge which is gotten at school

Strive

To struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest; - followed by against or with before the person or thing opposed; as, strive against temptation; strive for the truth.
My Spirit shall not always strive with man.
Why dost thou strive against him?
Now private pity strove with public hate,Reason with rage, and eloquence with fate.

Get

An animal's offspring.

Strive

To vie; to compete; to be a rival.
[Not] that sweet groveOf Daphne, by Orontes and the inspiredCastalian spring, might with this paradiseOf Eden strive.

Get

A person whom the speaker dislikes or despises.

Strive

An effort; a striving.

Get

To come into possession or use of; receive
Got a cat for her birthday.

Strive

Strife; contention.

Get

To meet with or incur
Got nothing but trouble for her efforts.

Strive

Attempt by employing effort;
We endeavor to make our customers happy

Get

To go after and obtain
Got a book at the library.
Got breakfast in town.

Strive

To exert much effort or energy;
Straining our ears to hear

Get

To go after and bring
Get me a pillow.

Get

To purchase; buy
Get groceries.

Get

To acquire as a result of action or effort
He got his information from the internet. You can't get water out of a stone.

Get

To earn
Got high marks in math.

Get

To accomplish or attain as a result of military action.

Get

To obtain by concession or request
Couldn't get the time off.
Got permission to go.

Get

To arrive at; reach
When did you get home?.

Get

To reach and board; catch
She got her plane two minutes before takeoff.

Get

To succeed in communicating with, as by telephone
Can't get me at the office until nine.

Get

To become affected with (an illness, for example) by infection or exposure; catch
Get the flu.
Got the mumps.

Get

To be subjected to; undergo
Got a severe concussion.

Get

To receive as retribution or punishment
Got six years in prison for tax fraud.

Get

To sustain a specified injury to
Got my arm broken.

Get

To perceive or become aware of by one of the senses
Get a whiff of perfume.
Got a look at the schedule.

Get

To gain or have understanding of
Do you get this question?.

Get

To learn (a poem, for example) by heart; memorize.

Get

To find or reach by calculating
Get a total.
Can't get the answer.

Get

To procreate; beget
“Is my life given me for nothing but to get children and work to bring them up?” (D.H. Lawrence).

Get

To cause to become or be in a specified state or condition
Got the children tired and cross.
Got the shirt clean.

Get

To make ready; prepare
Get lunch for the family.

Get

To cause to come or go
Got the car through traffic.

Get

To cause to move or leave
Get me out of here!.

Get

To cause to undertake or perform; prevail on
Got the guide to give us the complete tour.

Get

To take, especially by force; seize
The detective got the suspect as he left the restaurant.

Get

(Informal) To overcome or destroy
The ice storm got the rose bushes.

Get

To evoke an emotional response or reaction in
Romantic music really gets me.

Get

To annoy or irritate
What got me was his utter lack of initiative.

Get

To present a difficult problem to; puzzle
“It's the suspect's indifference that gets me,” the detective said.

Get

To take revenge on, especially to kill in revenge for a wrong.

Get

(Informal) To hit or strike
She got him on the chin. The bullet got him in the arm.

Get

(Baseball) To put out or strike out
Got the batter with a cut fastball.

Get

To begin or start. Used with the present participle
I have to get working on this or I'll miss my deadline.

Get

To have current possession of. Used in the present perfect form with the meaning of the present
We've got plenty of cash.

Get

(Nonstandard) To have current possession of. Used in the past tense form with the meaning of the present
They got a nice house in town.

Get

To have as an obligation. Used in the present perfect form with the meaning of the present
I have got to leave early. You've got to do the dishes.

Get

(Nonstandard) To have as an obligation. Used in the past tense with the meaning of the present
They got to clean up this mess.

Get

To become or grow to be
Eventually got well.

Get

To be successful in coming or going
When will we get to Dallas?.

Get

To be able or permitted
Never got to see Europe.
Finally got to work at home.

Get

To be successful in becoming
Get free of a drug problem.

Get

Used with the past participle of transitive verbs as a passive voice auxiliary
Got stung by a bee.

Get

To become drawn in, entangled, or involved
Got into debt.
Get into a hassle.

Get

(Informal) To depart immediately
Yelled at the dog to get.

Get

To work for gain or profit; make money
Do you feel as though you're exhausting yourself getting and not making enough for spending?.

Get

Progeny; offspring
A thoroughbred's get.

Get

Chiefly British Slang git2.

Get

(Sports) A return, as in tennis, on a shot that seems impossible to reach.

Get

A document presented by a husband to his wife whereby a divorce is effected between them according to Jewish religious law.

Get

A divorce effected by a get.

Get

(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.

Get

(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.

Get

To have. See usage notes.
I've got a concert ticket for you.

Get

(transitive) To fetch, bring, take.
Can you get my bag from the living-room, please?
I need to get this to the office.

Get

(copulative) To become, or cause oneself to become.
I'm getting hungry; how about you?
I'm going out to get drunk.

Get

(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 (or on).

Get

(transitive) To cause to do.
Somehow she got him to agree to it.
I can't get it to work.

Get

(transitive) To cause to come or go or move.
I got him to his room.

Get

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

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

Get

(intransitive) To begin (doing something or to do something).
We ought to get moving or we'll be late.
After lunch we got chatting.
I'm getting to like him better now.

Get

(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.

Get

(transitive) To respond to (a telephone call, a doorbell, etc).
Can you get that call, please? I'm busy.

Get

To be able, be permitted, or have the opportunity (to do something desirable or ironically implied to be desirable).
I'm so jealous that you got to see them perform live!
The finders get to keep 80 percent of the treasure.
Great. I get to clean the toilets today.

Get

To be told; be the recipient of (a question, comparison, opinion, etc.).
"You look just like Helen Mirren." / "I get that a lot."

Get

(informal) To be. Used to form the passive of verbs.
He got bitten by a dog.

Get

(transitive) To become ill with or catch (a disease).
I went on holiday and got malaria.

Get

To catch out, trick successfully.
He keeps calling pretending to be my boss—it gets me every time.

Get

To perplex, stump.
That question's really got me.

Get

(transitive) To find as an answer.
What did you get for question four?

Get

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

(transitive) To hear completely; catch.
Sorry, I didn't get that. Could you repeat it?

Get

(transitive) To getter.
I put the getter into the container to get the gases.

Get

To beget (of a father).

Get

(archaic) To learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; sometimes with out.
To get a lesson;
To get out one's Greek lesson

Get

Used with a personal pronoun to indicate that someone is being pretentious or grandiose.
Get her with her new hairdo.

Get

To go, to leave; to scram.

Get

(euphemism) To kill.
They’re coming to get you, Barbara.

Get

To make acquisitions; to gain; to profit.

Get

(transitive) To measure.
Did you get her temperature?

Get

(dated) Offspring.

Get

Lineage.

Get

A difficult return or block of a shot.

Get

(informal) Something gained; an acquisition.

Get

A git.

Get

(Judaism) A Jewish writ of divorce.

Get

Jet, the mineral.

Get

Fashion; manner; custom.

Get

Artifice; contrivance.

Get

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

Get

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.
Thou hast got the face of man.

Get

To beget; to procreate; to generate.
I had rather to adopt a child than get it.

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

Get

To prevail on; to induce; to persuade.
Get him to say his prayers.

Get

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.

Get

To betake; to remove; - in a reflexive use.
Get thee out from this land.
He . . . got himself . . . to the strong town of Mega.

Get

To make acquisition; to gain; to profit; to receive accessions; to be increased.
We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get.

Get

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.

Get

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take vengeance on or get even;
We'll get them!
That'll fix him good!
This time I got him

Get

Achieve a point or goal;
Nicklaus had a 70
The Brazilian team got 4 goals
She made 29 points that day

Get

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

Succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase;
We finally got the suspect
Did you catch the thief?

Get

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

Be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness;
He got AIDS
She came down with pneumonia
She took a chill

Get

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

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

Move into a desired direction of discourse;
What are you driving at?

Get

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

Attract and fix;
His look caught her
She caught his eye
Catch the attention of the waiter

Get

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

Reach by calculation;
What do you get when you add up these numbers?

Get

Acquire as a result of some effort or action;
You cannot get water out of a stone
Where did she get these news?

Get

Purchase;
What did you get at the toy store?

Get

Perceive by hearing;
I didn't catch your name
She didn't get his name when they met the first time

Get

Suffer from the receipt of;
She will catch hell for this behavior!

Get

Receive as a retribution or punishment;
He got 5 years in prison

Get

Leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form;
Scram!

Get

Reach and board;
She got the bus just as it was leaving

Get

Irritate;
Her childish behavior really get to me
His lying really gets me

Get

Evoke an emotional response;
Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time

Get

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

In baseball: earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher;
He drew a base on balls

Get

Overcome or destroy;
The ice storm got my hibiscus
The cat got the goldfish

Get

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

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

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

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

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