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present tense
I/you/we/theyget through
he/she/itgets through
present participlegetting through
past tensegot through
past participlegot through
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  1. 1
    [transitive]get through something to manage to deal with a difficult situation or to stay alive until it is over
    The refugees will need help to get through the winter.
    I just have to get through the first five minutes of my speech, and then I’ll be fine.
    1. a.
      get someone through/get someone through something to help someone to deal with a difficult situation or to stay alive until it is over
      She was relying on luck to get her through.
      He needs a lot of coffee to get him through the day.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to be connected to a place by telephone
    I couldn’t get through – the line was engaged.
    get through to: I finally got through to Warren on his mobile.
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  3. 3
    [transitive]get through something to finish dealing with some work, a subject etc
    There was a lot to get through in the meeting.
  4. 4
    [transitive]get through something to reach a good enough standard to pass a test
    How did he ever get through his driving test?
    1. a.
      [transitive]get someone through something to help someone pass a test etc
  5. 5
    [transitive]get through something British to use or finish something
    How do we get through so much milk?
  6. 6
    [transitive]get something through something to have a new law accepted by a parliament
    Getting a bill through Congress is a long process.
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