What are red words?
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are morefrequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
- 1[transitive] [never passive] to obtain, receive, or be given something
Ross's father got a new job.
Did you get tickets for the game?
I got a fine for reckless driving.
You get ten points for each correct answer.get something from someone:
She got a ring from her grandmother.get someone something/get something for someone:
The social worker got the family a new flat and clothes for the children.get an answer/reply etc:
She called out to him but got no reply.get the chance/opportunity:
Young players will get the chance to meet one of their heroes.get permission/approval etc:
We got permission from the council to start building.
- 2[linking verb] to start to be in a particular state or have a particular quality
It's getting late – I have to go.
If that spot gets any bigger you should go to the doctor.get wet/cold/tired/ill etc:
It was raining and we all got wet.get angry/upset etc:
If you got angry with me for this, I wouldn't blame you.get difficult/interesting etc:
Things are starting to get a bit difficult at home.get to sleep:
Do you ever have problems getting to sleep?get hot/cold/humid etc:
It's been getting more and more humid all afternoon.
- 3[transitive] [never passive] to do something, or to have it done for youget something done:
You need to get your hair cut.
I should be able to get the first chapter finished by tonight.
They tried to get Marly sent to prison.get something doing something:
Hal managed to get my email working again.
She worked all afternoon on the car but never got it running.
- 4[intransitive] to move to or from a position or placeget down:
Abby had climbed a tree and couldn't get down.get in/into:
Dad stopped the car and told me to get in.
She forgot her keys and got into the house through the window.get off:
The hill was so steep we had to get off and push our bikes.get on/onto:
Watch your step when getting on the bus.get out:
A car stopped and two men got out.get up:
Half the audience got up and walked out.
- a.[transitive] [never passive] to make someone or something move to or from a position or placeget someone/something down:
Firefighters got him down using a ladder.get someone/something in/into:
Let's get you into the house where it's warm.get someone/something off:
It's impossible to get him off the sofa and make him do anything.get someone/something on/onto:
They managed to get him on the bed.get someone/something out:
Get that dog out of my kitchen.get someone/something up:
I don't know how we'll get this box up the stairs.
- 5[intransitive] to progress to a particular point when you are doing something
How far did you get with your homework?get to:
I got to page 100 of this book before I understood what was going on.
- b.[transitive] [never passive] to make or help someone or something start doing something, making progress, or going somewhereget someone/something going/moving etc:
A new manager was brought in to get things moving.
We'd better get the kids going or they'll be late.not get someone anywhere (=will not help someone to succeed):
That aggressive attitude won't get you anywhere with her.
- 9[transitive] [never passive] informal to kill someone
It was cancer that got him in the end.
someone's getting therespoken
get someone wrongspoken
it's getting to the stage/point where...
you've got me (there)spoken
- get about
- get across
- get after
- get ahead
- get along
- get around
- get around to
- get at
- get away
- get away from
- get away with
- get back
- get back at
- get back to
- get back together
- get back with
- get behind
- get by
- get down
- get down on
- get down to
- get in
- get in on
- get into
- get in with
- get off
- get off on
- get off with
- get on
- get on at
- get onto
- get on with
- get out
- get out of
- get over
- get over with
- get past
- get round
- get round to
- get through
- get through to
- get to
- get together
- get up
- get up to