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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Get \Get\ (g[e^]t), v. t. [imp. Got (g[o^]t) (Obs. Gat
   (g[a^]t)); p. p. Got (Obsolescent Gotten (g[o^]t"t'n));
   p. pr. & vb. n. Getting.] [OE. geten, AS. gitan, gietan (in
   comp.); akin to Icel. geta, Goth. bigitan to find, L.
   prehendere to seize, take, Gr. chanda`nein to hold, contain.
   Cf. Comprehend, Enterprise, Forget, Impregnable,
   Prehensile.]
   1. To procure; to obtain; to gain possession of; to acquire;
      to earn; to obtain as a price or reward; to come by; to
      win, by almost any means; as, to get favor by kindness; to
      get wealth by industry and economy; to get land by
      purchase, etc.
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   2. Hence, with have and had, to come into or be in possession
      of; to have. --Johnson.
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            Thou hast got the face of man.        --Herbert.
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   3. To beget; to procreate; to generate.
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            I had rather to adopt a child than get it. --Shak.
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   4. To obtain mental possession of; to learn; to commit to
      memory; to memorize; as to get a lesson; also with out;
      as, to get out one's Greek lesson.
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            It being harder with him to get one sermon by heart,
            than to pen twenty.                   --Bp. Fell.
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   5. To prevail on; to induce; to persuade.
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            Get him to say his prayers.           --Shak.
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   6. To procure to be, or to cause to be in any state or
      condition; -- with a following participle.
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            Those things I bid you do; get them dispatched.
                                                  --Shak.
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   7. To betake; to remove; -- in a reflexive use.
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            Get thee out from this land.          --Gen. xxxi.
                                                  13.
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            He . . . got himself . . . to the strong town of
            Mega.                                 --Knolles.
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   Note: Get, as a transitive verb, is combined with adverbs
         implying motion, to express the causing to, or the
         effecting in, the object of the verb, of the kind of
         motion indicated by the preposition; thus, to get in,
         to cause to enter, to bring under shelter; as, to get
         in the hay; to get out, to make come forth, to extract;
         to get off, to take off, to remove; to get together, to
         cause to come together, to collect.
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   To get by heart, to commit to memory.

   To get the better of, To get the best of, to obtain an
      advantage over; to surpass; to subdue.

   To get up, to cause to be established or to exit; to
      prepare; to arrange; to construct; to invent; as, to get
      up a celebration, a machine, a book, an agitation.

   Syn: To obtain; gain; win; acquire. See Obtain.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Get \Get\ (g[e^]t), v. i.
   1. To make acquisition; to gain; to profit; to receive
      accessions; to be increased.
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            We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get.
                                                  --Shak.
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   2. To arrive at, or bring one's self into, a state,
      condition, or position; to come to be; to become; -- with
      a following adjective or past participle belonging to the
      subject of the verb; as, to get sober; to get awake; to
      get beaten; to get elected.
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            To get rid of fools and scoundrels.   --Pope.
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            His chariot wheels get hot by driving fast.
                                                  --Coleridge.
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   Note: It [get] gives to the English language a middle voice,
         or a power of verbal expression which is neither active
         nor passive. Thus we say to get acquitted, beaten,
         confused, dressed.
         --Earle.
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   Note: Get, as an intransitive verb, is used with a following
         preposition, or adverb of motion, to indicate, on the
         part of the subject of the act, movement or action of
         the kind signified by the preposition or adverb; or, in
         the general sense, to move, to stir, to make one's way,
         to advance, to arrive, etc.; as, to get away, to leave,
         to escape; to disengage one's self from; to get down,
         to descend, esp. with effort, as from a literal or
         figurative elevation; to get along, to make progress;
         hence, to prosper, succeed, or fare; to get in, to
         enter; to get out, to extricate one's self, to escape;
         to get through, to traverse; also, to finish, to be
         done; to get to, to arrive at, to reach; to get off, to
         alight, to descend from, to dismount; also, to escape,
         to come off clear; to get together, to assemble, to
         convene.
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   To get ahead, to advance; to prosper.

   To get along, to proceed; to advance; to prosper.

   To get a mile (or other distance), to pass over it in
      traveling.

   To get among, to go or come into the company of; to become
      one of a number.

   To get asleep, to fall asleep.

   To get astray, to wander out of the right way.

   To get at, to reach; to make way to.

   To get away with, to carry off; to capture; hence, to get
      the better of; to defeat.

   To get back, to arrive at the place from which one
      departed; to return.

   To get before, to arrive in front, or more forward.

   To get behind, to fall in the rear; to lag.

   To get between, to arrive between.

   To get beyond, to pass or go further than; to exceed; to
      surpass. "Three score and ten is the age of man, a few get
      beyond it." --Thackeray.

   To get clear, to disengage one's self; to be released, as
      from confinement, obligation, or burden; also, to be freed
      from danger or embarrassment.

   To get drunk, to become intoxicated.

   To get forward, to proceed; to advance; also, to prosper;
      to advance in wealth.

   To get home, to arrive at one's dwelling, goal, or aim.

   To get into.
      (a) To enter, as, "she prepared to get into the coach."
          --Dickens.
      (b) To pass into, or reach; as, " a language has got into
          the inflated state." --Keary.

   To get loose or To get free, to disengage one's self; to
      be released from confinement.

   To get near, to approach within a small distance.

   To get on, to proceed; to advance; to prosper.

   To get over.
      (a) To pass over, surmount, or overcome, as an obstacle or
          difficulty.
      (b) To recover from, as an injury, a calamity.

   To get through.
      (a) To pass through something.
      (b) To finish what one was doing.

   To get up.
      (a) To rise; to arise, as from a bed, chair, etc.
      (b) To ascend; to climb, as a hill, a tree, a flight of
          stairs, etc.
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