Phrasal Verbs with GET

English Vocabulary

Below we have a list of Phrasal verbs that begin with GET and then an explanation of each one with some examples

  • Get across
  • Get along
  • Get on with
  • Get around
  • Get at
  • Get away
  • Get down
  • Get down to
  • Get over

This is not a complete list. We will add more Phrasal Verbs with GET when we can.

Get across

= to communicate.

= to make someone understand something. (Especially if the details are too difficult to understand or if the person being explained to understands poorly).

  • Although I couldn't speak the language, I managed to get my meaning across when necessary.
  • Your meaning didn't really get across.
  • He's not very good at getting his idea across.

Get along - Get on with

= to have a good / friendly relationship with someone.

(get on is used more in Britain)

  • Even though there are six of them sharing the house, they all get on well with each other.
  • He doesn't get along well with his mother-in-law.
  • Our new boss is very easy to get on with.

Get around

1. = to become known. To spread or to circulate. If news or information gets around, people tell other people, so that soon many people know about it.

  • It's a small place, so news and gossip get around pretty quickly.
  • The news of his arrest got around quickly.
  • News soon got around that Matthew was back in town.

2. = to find a way of avoiding a difficult or unpleasant situation, so that you don't have to deal with it.

  • There is no way of getting around it - you are going to have to tell her the truth.
  • Isn't there any way of getting around the regulations?

Get at

1. = to reach, to access to something.

  • The cupboard is too high for me to get at.
  • The report is locked in the cabinet and I can't get at them.

2. = to suggest something indirectly, to imply. (used only in the continuous tense)

  • What exactly are you getting at? (=trying to say, suggest)

Get away

1. = to go away from someone or something

  • Get away from me!
  • Get away from that cake!
  • It was so busy that Francisca couldn't get away from the phone all day.

2. = to escape from someone who is chasing you.

  • They tried to get away from the police but they weren't quick enough.

3. = to have a holiday.

  • We hope to get away for a couple of weeks around Christmas.

Get down

1. = to cause someone to be depressed.

  • This weather is getting me down
  • Don't let these problems get you down too much.

Get down to

1. = to reach the point of dealing with something.

2. = to begin to work on something seriously. To give serious attention to something.

3. = to finally start doing something, after you have been avoiding it or after something has prevented you from doing it.

  • Now, let's get down to business
  • It's time I got down to some serious work.
  • Once it is Summer, we will get down to painting the house.

Get over

1. = to recover from something or return to your usual state of health or happiness.

  • I thought he would never get over her illness.
  • It took her a long time to get over their separation.
  • He never got over the shock of losing his wife.

2. = to overcome or deal with or gain control of something.

  • She can't get over her shyness.

Can't get over

1. = to be amazed or surprised by something.

  • I can't get over how much your kids have grown.

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Last Updated: 05 November 2014
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