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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyget up
he/she/itgets up
present participlegetting up
past tensegot up
past participlegotten up
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to get out of bed after sleeping

    He never gets up before nine.

    1. a.
      [transitive]get someone up to wake someone and tell them to get out of bed

      Will you get me up at six tomorrow?

  2. 2
    [transitive] British to organize something by asking different people to take part in it or provide help
  3. 3
    [transitive] British to dress someone in a particular way

    She got herself up as Annie Oakley.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] if the wind gets up, it starts blowing strongly
  5. 5
    get it up very informal
    1. a.
      to have an erection
  6. 6
    get it up for something spoken to become enthusiastic about doing something that you expect to be an effort

    I’m not sure I can get it up for this party tonight.

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used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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