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Meaning of getting by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈɡɛtɪŋ/, /ˈgɛɾɪŋ/ ( US )



    1. Present participle of get .


    getting ( plural: gettings )

    1. act of obtaining

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Explanation of getting by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of acquiring something

    2. he's much more interested in the getting than in the giving

    Definition of getting by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Get ( gĕt ), v. t. [imp. Got ( gŏt ) ( Obs. Gat ( găt ) ); p. p. Got ( Obsolescent Gotten ( gŏtt'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. χανδάνειν 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.”

      2. Hence, with have and had, to come into or be in possession of; to have. Johnson.

      Thou hast got the face of man. Herbert.

      3. To beget; to procreate; to generate.

      I had rather to adopt a child than get it. Shak.

      4. To obtain mental possession of; to learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; “get a lesson”; also with out; as, “to get out one's Greek lesson”.

      It being harder with him to get one sermon by heart, than to pen twenty. Bp. Fell.

      5. To prevail on; to induce; to persuade.

      Get him to say his prayers. Shak.

      6. To procure to be, or to cause to be in any state or condition; -- with a following participle.

      Those things I bid you do; get them dispatched. Shak.

      7. To betake; to remove; -- in a reflexive use.

      Get thee out from this land. Gen. xxxi. 13.

      He . . . got himself . . . to the strong town of Mega. Knolles.

      ☞ 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.

      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.

    2. Getting n.
      1. The act of obtaining or acquiring; acquisition.

      With all thy getting, get understanding. Prov. iv. 7.

      2. That which is got or obtained; gain; profit.