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Got
See also: Got, GoT, gót, gôt, göt, Göt, got., and -got-

English

Pronunciation

Verb

got

  1. simple past tense of get
    We got the last bus home.
  2. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand) past participle of get
    By that time we'd got very cold.
    I've got two children.
    How many children have you got?
  3. Expressing obligation.
    I can't go out tonight, I've got to study for my exams.
  4. (Southern US, with to) must; have (to).
    I got to go study.
    • 1971, Carol King and Gerry Goffin, "Smackwater Jack", Tapestry, Ode Records
      We got to ride to clean up the streets / For our wives and our daughters!
  5. (Southern US, slang) have
    They got a new car.
    He got a lot of nerve.
  6. (Southern US, African American Vernacular, euphemistic, slang) to be murdered
    He got got.

Usage notes

  • (past participle of get): The second sentence literally means "At some time in the past I got (obtained) two children", but in "have got" constructions like this, where "got" is used in the sense of "obtained", the sense of obtaining is lost, becoming merely one of possessing, and the sentence is in effect just a more colloquial way of saying "I have two children". Similarly, the third sentence is just a more colloquial way of saying "How many children do you have?"
  • (past participle of get): The American and archaic British usage of the verb conjugates as get-got-gotten or as get-got-got depending on the meaning (see Usage Notes on "get" for details), whereas the modern British usage of the verb has mostly lost this distinction and conjugates as get-got-got in most cases.
  • (expressing obligation): "Got" is a filler word here with no obvious grammatical or semantic function. "I have to study for my exams" has the same meaning. It is often stressed in speech: "You've just got to see this."

Synonyms

  • (must, have (to)): gotta (informal)

Anagrams


Catalan

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Vulgar Latin *gottus, from Latin guttus.

Noun

got m (plural gots)

  1. glass (drinking glass)
Synonyms

Etymology 2

From Latin Gothus.

Noun

got m (plural gots, feminine goda)

  1. Goth
Derived terms

Finnish

Noun

got

  1. nominative plural of go

German Low German

Adjective

got (comparative b?ter or bäter)

  1. Alternative spelling of goot

See also


Middle Dutch

Etymology

From Old Dutch got, from Proto-Germanic *gud?.

Noun

got m

  1. god
  2. the Christian God

Inflection

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Alternative forms

Descendants

Further reading

  • "got", in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • "god", in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Middle English

Noun

got

  1. Alternative form of gutte

Middle Low German

Pronunciation 1

Etymology

From Old Saxon g?d, from Proto-Germanic *g?daz.

Adjective

gôt (comparative b?ter, superlative best)

  1. good

Declension

Descendants
  • Low German: god

Pronunciation 2

Etymology

From Old Saxon god, from Proto-Germanic *gud?.

Noun

got m (genitive godes or gades, plural gode or gade)

  1. god

Old Dutch

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *gud?, from Proto-Indo-European *utós.

Noun

got m

  1. god

Inflection

Descendants

Further reading

  • "got", in Oudnederlands Woordenboek, 2012

Old High German

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *gud?, from Proto-Indo-European *utós. Compare Old Saxon, Old Frisian, and Old English god, Old Dutch got, Old Norse guð, Gothic (guþ).

Noun

got m

  1. god

Descendants

  • Middle High German: got
    • Alemannic German: Gott
    • Central Franconian: Jott
    • German: Gott
    • Luxembourgish: Gott
    • Yiddish: ?(got)

Zhuang

Etymology

From Proto-Tai *ko:t? ("to hug; to embrace"). Cogante with Thai (gt), Lao (k?t), Shan (kòat).

Pronunciation

Verb

got (old orthography got)

  1. to hug; to embrace.

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