Get vs. Understand

Get vs. Understand — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Get and Understand

Getverb

To come into possession or use of; receive

got a cat for her birthday.

Understandverb

To become aware of the nature and significance of; know or comprehend

She understands the difficulty involved.

Getverb

To meet with or incur

got nothing but trouble for her efforts.

Understandverb

To become aware of the intended meaning of (a person or remark, for example)

We understand what they're saying.we just disagree with it. When he began describing his eccentric theories, we could no longer understand him.

Getverb

To go after and obtain

got a book at the library.got breakfast in town.

Understandverb

To know and be tolerant or sympathetic toward

hoped that they would understand my complaint.

Getverb

To go after and bring

Get me a pillow.

Understandverb

To know thoroughly by close contact or long experience with

That teacher understands children. I understand the basics of car repair.

Getverb

To purchase; buy

get groceries.

Understandverb

To learn indirectly or infer, as from hearsay

I understand his departure was unexpected. Am I to understand you are staying the night?.

Getverb

To acquire as a result of action or effort

He got his information from the internet. You can't get water out of a stone.

Understandverb

To assume to be or accept as agreed

It is understood that the fee will be $50.

Getverb

To earn

got high marks in math.

Understandverb

To supply or add (words or a meaning, for example) mentally

A verb is understood at the end of the statement "Yes, let's.".

Getverb

To accomplish or attain as a result of military action.

Understandverb

To have understanding, knowledge, or comprehension.

Getverb

To obtain by concession or request

couldn't get the time off.got permission to go.

Understandverb

To have sympathy or tolerance

You're upset. I understand.

Getverb

To arrive at; reach

When did you get home?.

Understandverb

To learn something indirectly or secondhand; gather.

Getverb

To reach and board; catch

She got her plane two minutes before takeoff.

Understandverb

(transitive) To be aware of the meaning of.

I understand German.I received your note, but I did not understand it.

Getverb

To succeed in communicating with, as by telephone

can't get me at the office until nine.

Understandverb

To believe, based on information.

I understand that you have information for me.

Getverb

To become affected with (an illness, for example) by infection or exposure; catch

get the flu.got the mumps.

Understandverb

To impute meaning, character etc. that is not explicitly stated.

But we cannot disappoint Grandma and Grandpa Smith, and that is what family is all about! Do you understand?!In this sense, the word is usually used in the past participle:

Getverb

To be subjected to; undergo

got a severe concussion.

Understandverb

To stand under; to support.

Getverb

To receive as retribution or punishment

got six years in prison for tax fraud.

Understandverb

One who supports others in such performances as the human pyramid.

Getverb

To sustain a specified injury to

got my arm broken.

Understandverb

know and comprehend the nature or meaning of;

She did not understand her husbandI understand what she means

Getverb

To perceive or become aware of by one of the senses

get a whiff of perfume.got a look at the schedule.

Understandverb

perceive (an idea or situation) mentally;

Now I see!I just can't see your pointDoes she realize how important this decision is?I don't understand the idea

Getverb

To gain or have understanding of

Do you get this question?.

Understandverb

make sense of a language;

She understands FrenchCan you read Greek?

Getverb

To learn (a poem, for example) by heart; memorize.

Understandverb

believe to be the case;

I understand you have no previous experience?

Getverb

To find or reach by calculating

get a total.can't get the answer.

Understandverb

be understanding of;

You don't need to explain--I understand!

Getverb

To procreate; beget

“Is my life given me for nothing but to get children and work to bring them up?” (D.H. Lawrence).

Getverb

To cause to become or be in a specified state or condition

got the children tired and cross.got the shirt clean.

Getverb

To make ready; prepare

get lunch for the family.

Getverb

To cause to come or go

got the car through traffic.

Getverb

To cause to move or leave

Get me out of here!.

Getverb

To cause to undertake or perform; prevail on

got the guide to give us the complete tour.

Getverb

To take, especially by force; seize

The detective got the suspect as he left the restaurant.

Getverb

(Informal) To overcome or destroy

The ice storm got the rose bushes.

Getverb

To evoke an emotional response or reaction in

Romantic music really gets me.

Getverb

To annoy or irritate

What got me was his utter lack of initiative.

Getverb

To present a difficult problem to; puzzle

“It's the suspect's indifference that gets me,” the detective said.

Getverb

To take revenge on, especially to kill in revenge for a wrong.

Getverb

(Informal) To hit or strike

She got him on the chin. The bullet got him in the arm.

Getverb

(Baseball) To put out or strike out

got the batter with a cut fastball.

Getverb

To begin or start. Used with the present participle

I have to get working on this or I'll miss my deadline.

Getverb

To have current possession of. Used in the present perfect form with the meaning of the present

We've got plenty of cash.

Getverb

(Nonstandard) To have current possession of. Used in the past tense form with the meaning of the present

They got a nice house in town.

Getverb

To have as an obligation. Used in the present perfect form with the meaning of the present

I have got to leave early. You've got to do the dishes.

Getverb

(Nonstandard) To have as an obligation. Used in the past tense with the meaning of the present

They got to clean up this mess.

Getverb

To become or grow to be

eventually got well.

Getverb

To be successful in coming or going

When will we get to Dallas?.

Getverb

To be able or permitted

never got to see Europe.finally got to work at home.

Getverb

To be successful in becoming

get free of a drug problem.

Getverb

Used with the past participle of transitive verbs as a passive voice auxiliary

got stung by a bee.

Getverb

To become drawn in, entangled, or involved

got into debt.get into a hassle.

Getverb

(Informal) To depart immediately

yelled at the dog to get.

Getverb

To work for gain or profit; make money

Do you feel as though you're exhausting yourself getting and not making enough for spending?.

Getnoun

Progeny; offspring

a thoroughbred's get.

Getnoun

Chiefly British Slang git2.

Getnoun

(Sports) A return, as in tennis, on a shot that seems impossible to reach.

Getnoun

A document presented by a husband to his wife whereby a divorce is effected between them according to Jewish religious law.

Getnoun

A divorce effected by a get.

Getverb

(ditransitive) To obtain; to acquire.

I'm going to get a computer tomorrow from the discount store.Lance is going to get Mary a ring.

Getverb

(transitive) To receive.

I got a computer from my parents for my birthday.You need to get permission to leave early.He got a severe reprimand for that.

Getverb

To have. See usage notes.

I've got a concert ticket for you.

Getverb

(copulative) To become.

I'm getting hungry; how about you?Don't get drunk tonight.

Getverb

(transitive) To cause to become; to bring about.

That song gets me so depressed every time I hear it.I'll get this finished by lunchtime.

Getverb

(transitive) To fetch, bring, take.

Can you get my bag from the living-room, please?I need to get this to the office.

Getverb

(transitive) To cause to do.

Somehow she got him to agree to it.I can't get it to work.

Getverb

To adopt, assume, arrive at, or progress towards (a certain position, location, state).

The actors are getting into position.When are we going to get to London?I'm getting into a muddle.We got behind the wall.

Getverb

(transitive) To cover (a certain distance) while travelling.

to get a mile

Getverb

(transitive) To cause to come or go or move.

Getverb

(transitive) To cause to be in a certain status or position.

Getverb

(intransitive) To begin (doing something).

We ought to get moving or we'll be late.After lunch we got chatting.

Getverb

(transitive) To take or catch (a scheduled transportation service).

I normally get the 7:45 train.I'll get the 9 a.m. [flight] to Boston.

Getverb

(transitive) To respond to (a telephone call, a doorbell, etc).

Can you get that call, please? I'm busy.

Getverb

To be able, permitted (to do something); to have the opportunity (to do something).

I'm so jealous that you got to see them perform live!The finders get to keep 80 percent of the treasure.

Getverb

To understand. get it}}

Yeah, I get it, it's just not funny.I don't get what you mean by "fun". This place sucks!I mentioned that I was feeling sad, so she mailed me a box of chocolates. She gets me.

Getverb

To be told; be the recipient of (a question, comparison, opinion, etc.).

"You look just like Helen Mirren." / "I get that a lot."

Getverb

(informal) To be. Used to form the passive of verbs.

He got bitten by a dog.

Getverb

(transitive) To become ill with or catch (a disease).

I went on holiday and got malaria.

Getverb

To catch out, trick successfully.

He keeps calling pretending to be my boss—it gets me every time.

Getverb

To perplex, stump.

That question's really got me.

Getverb

(transitive) To find as an answer.

What did you get for question four?

Getverb

To bring to reckoning; to catch (as a criminal); to effect retribution.

The cops finally got me.I'm gonna get him for that.

Getverb

(transitive) To hear completely; catch.

Sorry, I didn't get that. Could you repeat it?

Getverb

(transitive) To getter.

I put the getter into the container to get the gases.

Getverb

To beget (of a father).

Getverb

(archaic) To learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; sometimes with out.

to get a lesson;to get out one's Greek lesson

Getverb

Used with a personal pronoun to indicate that someone is being pretentious or grandiose.

Get her with her new hairdo.

Getverb

Go away; get lost.

Getverb

(euphemism) To kill.

They’re coming to get you, Barbara.

Getverb

To make acquisitions; to gain; to profit.

Getnoun

(dated) Offspring.

Getnoun

Lineage.

Getnoun

A difficult return or block of a shot.

Getnoun

Something gained.

Getnoun

A git.

Getnoun

(Judaism) A Jewish writ of divorce.

Getverb

come into the possession of something concrete or abstract;

She got a lot of paintings from her uncleThey acquired a new petGet your results the next dayGet permission to take a few days off from work

Getverb

enter or assume a certain state or condition;

He became annoyed when he heard the bad newsIt must be getting more seriousher face went red with angerShe went into ecstasyGet going!

Getverb

cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition;

He got his squad on the ballThis let me in for a big surpriseHe got a girl into trouble

Getverb

receive a specified treatment (abstract);

These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretationHis movie received a good reviewI got nothing but trouble for my good intentions

Getverb

reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress;

She arrived home at 7 o'clockShe didn't get to Chicago until after midnight

Getverb

go or come after and bring or take back;

Get me those books over there, pleaseCould you bring the wine?The dog fetched the hat

Getverb

of mental or physical states or experiences;

get an ideaexperience vertigoget nauseousundergo a strange sensationThe chemical undergoes a sudden changeThe fluid undergoes shearreceive injurieshave a feeling

Getverb

take vengeance on or get even;

We'll get them!That'll fix him good!This time I got him

Getverb

achieve a point or goal;

Nicklaus had a 70The Brazilian team got 4 goalsShe made 29 points that day

Getverb

cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner;

The ads induced me to buy a VCRMy children finally got me to buy a computerMy wife made me buy a new sofa

Getverb

succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase;

We finally got the suspectDid you catch the thief?

Getverb

come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes);

He grew a beardThe patient developed abdominal painsI got funny spots all over my bodyWell-developed breasts

Getverb

be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness;

He got AIDSShe came down with pneumoniaShe took a chill

Getverb

communicate with a place or person; establish communication with, as if by telephone;

Bill called this number and he got MaryThe operator couldn't get Kobe because of the earthquake

Getverb

give certain properties to something;

get someone madShe made us look sillyHe made a fool of himself at the meetingDon't make this into a big dealThis invention will make you a millionaireMake yourself clear

Getverb

move into a desired direction of discourse;

What are you driving at?

Getverb

grasp with the mind or develop an undersatnding of;

did you catch that allusion?We caught something of his theory in the lecturedon't catch your meaningdid you get it?She didn't get the jokeI just don't get him

Getverb

attract and fix;

His look caught herShe caught his eyeCatch the attention of the waiter

Getverb

reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot;

the rock caught her in the back of the headThe blow got him in the backThe punch caught him in the stomach

Getverb

reach by calculation;

What do you get when you add up these numbers?

Getverb

acquire as a result of some effort or action;

You cannot get water out of a stoneWhere did she get these news?

Getverb

purchase;

What did you get at the toy store?

Getverb

perceive by hearing;

I didn't catch your nameShe didn't get his name when they met the first time

Getverb

suffer from the receipt of;

She will catch hell for this behavior!

Getverb

receive as a retribution or punishment;

He got 5 years in prison

Getverb

leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form;

Scram!

Getverb

reach and board;

She got the bus just as it was leaving

Getverb

irritate;

Her childish behavior really get to meHis lying really gets me

Getverb

evoke an emotional response;

Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time

Getverb

apprehend and reproduce accurately;

She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawingsShe got the mood just right in her photographs

Getverb

in baseball: earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher;

He drew a base on balls

Getverb

overcome or destroy;

The ice storm got my hibiscusthe cat got the goldfish

Getverb

be a mystery or bewildering to;

This beats me!Got me--I don't know the answer!a vexing problemThis question really stuck me

Getverb

take the first step or steps in carrying out an action;

We began working at dawnWho will start?Get working as soon as the sun rises!The first tourists began to arrive in CambodiaHe began early in the dayLet's get down to work now

Getverb

undergo (as of injuries and illnesses);

She suffered a fracture in the accidentHe had an insulin shock after eating three candy barsShe got a bruise on her legHe got his arm broken in the scuffle

Getverb

make children;

Abraham begot IsaacMen often father children but don't recognize them