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Pronunciation

Verb

got

  1. Simple past of get.
    We got the last bus home.
  2. (UK) 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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) have
    They got a new car.
    He got a lot of nerve.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) must; have (to).
    I got to go study.

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?"
  • (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.

Synonyms

  • (must, have (to)): gotta

Old High German

Etymology

From Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰuto-.

Noun

got m.

  1. god

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