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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 participlegot 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
    Local people got up a petition against the factory closure.
  3. 3
    [transitive] British to dress someone in a particular way
    get someone up in/as: The children were got up in fairy costumes.
    She got herself up as Queen Victoria.
  4. 5
    get it up very informal
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