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Get is a common word in English. Its meaning depends on the kind of word that comes after it.
Get + noun/pronoun (object)
When get is followed by a direct object, it usually means 'receive', 'fetch', 'obtain', 'earn' or something similar.
Get can have two objects.
Get + adverb particle/preposition
Before an adverb particle or a preposition, get almost always refers to a movement of some kind.
Get can be followed by an -ing form. Common expressions are: get going and get moving
The structure get + object + -ing form means make somebody or something start doing something.
Get can also be followed by an infinitive. This structure means manage or have an opportunity or expresses a change toward a state (if the verb expresses a state, here get often means to begin).
The structure get to be means become (or start to be).
The structure get + object + infinitive means make somebody/something do something.
Get + adjective
When get is followed by an adjective, it usually means 'become'.
Get + Past Participle
Get can be used with a past participle. This structure is often used to talk about actions to the subject, things that happen to the subject. Common expressions are get married, get divorced, get engaged, get lost, get dressed etc.
The structure get + object + past participle often has a passive meaning. It usually means ‘arrange for something to be done by somebody else’.
This structure may also describe situations where something is done to us.
With a time expression, this structure refers to the completion of an activity.
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