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GET deserves a closer look! 

GET is a verb that is called "substandard" by the Oxford English Dictionary, yet the same dictionary states that it is often found in "educated" speech. GET is possibly the most pervasive and frequently-used verb in the English language. The verb carries a host of different meanings. Native speakers of English have no problems deciphering any of the meanings of "get."  Interestingly enough, as complex as the verb GET appears to be, second-language speakers seem to easily absorb its various  meanings.  

Origins of the verb GET

Old Norse: geta, Old English: gietan, German: gessen, Middle English: getten

The abbreviations for these languages are: ON, OE, G, and ME

Some meaning of the verb GET

obtain, learn, gain possession, come to have, cause to be, seize, be subjected to, learn, establish communication with, receive, be convinced that, contract, be on one's nerves, be punished, carry home, induce, be off, acquire a habit, and attack

Click here for a list of phrasal verbs with get.