Definition of Get up

1. Verb. Rise to one's feet. "Sam and Sue get up"; "The audience got up and applauded"

Exact synonyms: Arise, Rise, Stand Up, Uprise
Specialized synonyms: Take The Floor
Generic synonyms: Change Posture
Antonyms: Lie Down, Sit Down
Derivative terms: Rise, Riser

2. Verb. Get up and out of bed. "Sam and Sue get up"; "He uprose at night"
Exact synonyms: Arise, Rise, Turn Out, Uprise
Antonyms: Go To Bed, Turn In
Derivative terms: Rise, Riser

3. Verb. Raise from a lower to a higher position. "The men get up the chairs"; "Lift a load"

4. Verb. Cause to rise. "The sergeant got us up at 2 A.M."
Generic synonyms: Bring Up, Elevate, Lift, Raise

5. Verb. Develop. "We worked up an as of an appetite"
Exact synonyms: Work Up
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Develop, Get, Grow, Produce

6. Verb. Put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive. "The young girls were all fancied up for the party"

7. Verb. Arrange by systematic planning and united effort. "Devise a plan to take over the director's office"

8. Verb. Study intensively, as before an exam. "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam"
Exact synonyms: Bone, Bone Up, Cram, Drum, Grind Away, Mug Up, Swot, Swot Up
Related verbs: Cram
Generic synonyms: Hit The Books, Study
Derivative terms: Crammer, Crammer, Swot

Definition of Get up

1. Verb. (literally) To move in an upwards direction; to ascend or climb. ¹

2. Verb. To rise from one's bed (often implying to wake up) ¹

3. Verb. To move from a sitting or lying position to a standing position; to stand up. ¹

4. Verb. To materialise; to grow stronger. ¹

5. Verb. To bring together, amass. ¹

6. Verb. To gather or grow larger by accretion. ¹

7. Verb. (sports) To go towards the attacking goal. ¹

8. Verb. (UK Australia colloquial) To criticise. ¹

9. Verb. (colloquial) To annoy. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Get Up

get through
get through to
get tied up
get to
get to grips
get to grips with
get to know
get to one's feet
get to the bottom of
get to the point
get together
get turned around
get under one's skin
get under someone's skin
get underway
get up
get up on the wrong side of the bed
get up someone's nose
get up the yard
get up to
get up with the chickens
get weaving
get well
get well soon
get what's coming to one
get wind
get wind of
get wise
get with

Literary usage of Get up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. American Ballads and Songs by Louise Pound (1922)
"110 WHAT WILL YOU GIVE ME IF I get up? "What will you give me if I get up,, If I get up, if I get up? What will you give me if I get up. If I get up today? ..."

2. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1846)
"My powder being exhausted, I was obliged to get up (to my shame as a sportsman be it spoken, though well able to kill, birds on the wing) and halloo till ..."

3. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for by Edmund Burke, Benjamin Franklin Collection (Library of Congress), John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress) (1822)
"He did not know the object of the cavalry to be to enable the constables to get up to serve a warrant. If any such communication of their object had been ..."

4. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"get up everything that can be spared. I will bring up all I can, and will be up on Tuesday, if not sooner. ..."

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