Languages › English as a Second Language Top Ten Uses of Get Share Flipboard Email Print Klaus Vedfelt / Getty Images English as a Second Language Vocabulary Basic Conversations for English Language Learners Pronunciation & Conversation Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated January 23, 2020 The verb 'to get' is used in many senses in English and can be confusing at times. Here is a list of the top ten uses of 'to get' with simple explanations and example sentences. Of course, these are not all the senses of 'to get'. In fact, there are many phrasal verbs with 'to get'. This list is meant to give intermediate level learners the main senses of this important verb. To Acquire Get = acquire, buy, come into the possession of something. She got a lot of paintings from her uncle.They got a new pet.Get your results the next day.I got my computer at the Apple store. To Become Get = become, to change into a state, often used with adjectives. He got annoyed when he heard the bad news.It must be getting more serious.Janice has gotten much more open in her attitudes.Please don't get angry with me! To Receive Get = receive a present, obtain attention. I got some clothes for Christmas.His movie got a good review.I got some books from my girlfriend.What would you like to get for your birthday? To Arrive Get = arrive, reach a destination. She got home at 7 o'clock.She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight.I got to work late because of the weather.I won't be able to get there until later. To Bring Get = bring, fetch, go and bring or take back. Get me those books over there, please.Could you get the wine?Let me get the shovel and we'll go to work.I'll just get my phone and then we can leave. To Experience Get = experience, undergo, of mental or physical states or experiences. He got an idea. She gets vertigo when she looks out the window.They get nauseous when they drive.Peter got frightened by what he thought was a ghost. To Make Get = make, score, achieve a point or goal. Nicklaus got a 70 on that extremely difficult golf course.The Brazilian team got 4 goals.She got 29 points that day.Anthony got 12 rebounds during the game. To Contract Get = contract, take, be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness. He got a horrible disease while he was traveling. She got pneumonia and had to go to the hospital.She got a cold from Tom.Unfortunately, I got ill from drinking the water while on vacation. To Induce Get = induce, stimulate, cause, make someone do, cause to do; cause to act in a certain way, always followed by an object. My children finally got me to buy a computer.My wife got me to pay attention to the speaker.The class got the teacher to postpone the test. I wish I could get them to take me seriously! To Pay Back Get = payback, take vengeance on or get even We'll get them! That'll get him good!This time I got him.Just wait until I get you! Get Uses Quiz Decide how 'get' is meant in the following sentences. I got three As last semester: be stricken by / become / scorePeter has gotten serious about his studies: arrive / cause / becomeThey got their father to buy them a new horse: bring / acquire / cause We got three books for our new library: experience / cause / receiveJane got the flu from her students last week: arrive / experience / contractCould you get me the paper?: receive / fetch / take vengeanceI got spooked by all the talk of revolution: experience / fetch / becomeI got some excellent advice on the new job: bring / receive / causeShe promised to get him someday for all his bad behavior: payback / fetch / acquireJohn Handersohn got 32 points and 12 rebounds during the game last night: become / score / arrive Answers scorebecomecausereceivecontractfetchexperiencereceivepaybackscore There are also a wide range of idioms and expressions with 'get' and numerous phrasal verbs with 'get'.