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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyget in
he/she/itgets in
present participlegetting in
past tensegot in
past participlegotten in
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to arrive at home or at work
    You got in very late last night!
    Mark never gets in before 9:30.
    1. a.
      if a train, plane, etc. gets in, it arrives
      Our flight got in on time.
      The London train gets in at 10.05.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to be accepted to study at a school or chosen to play for a team, etc.
    It’s a very exclusive school and you have to pass an exam to get in.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to be elected for a political job
    In 1994 a Republican majority got in.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to deliver or send something to a person or place
    I have to get this homework in by the end of the week.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to manage to fit something such as an activity or comment into a small amount of time
    One writer managed to get in 20 plugs for his new book in a single interview.
  6. 6
    [transitive] British to ask someone to come to your house, office, etc. in order to do something for you
    We’re getting a plumber in to fix the leak.
  7. 7
    [transitive] British to buy or collect things that you need
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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