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Get, v.1 Also: gete, gett, gait, gayt, geat, geitt, gitt. P.t. gat, gatt, gate, gaet, got(t. P.p. gotyne, gottyn, gottin(e, gottne; gettyn, -in(e, gaitten, gattyn, get(t. [ME. get(t, gette, gete (geten), ON. geta (gat, gátu, getenn). In ME. the new p.p. goten appears as early as the original geten.In early texts (Brus, Leg. S., etc.) in addition to the usual later infin. get. the form gete with normal lengthened vowel is evidenced by such rhyme-words as ete, mete, threte, even when the spelling get is used. In the Leg. S. there is also considerable confusion between the spellings get(e and gat(e.]

1. tr. To beget, to engender.(a) a 1350 Facs. Nat. MSS. II. 14.
Heredibus … linialiter et non ex latere procreandis (gl. on side to be to gett)
a1400 Leg. S. xvi. 259.
That he mycht get & scho beyre barnis
Ib. xlv. 161.
Thu tyrand, that thi flesch can get Of thi body, now it ete
c1420 Wynt. i. 652.
Quhen thai ar thre yhere awlde, but let, Thair barnys all thai bere and get
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xi. 362.
Tel gyf this dekyne gat thé
Ib. xxx. 569.
This barne we bring to thé, … For dene Theodorus … it gat
c1420 Wynt. vi. 489.
Hyr cubiculare By hyr lay, and gat a barne
Ib. 1926.
He the Dewil wes, that hym gat
a1500 Henr. Orph. 63.
A quene … Of quhom he gat this prince schir Orpheus
a1500 Colk. Sow iii. 76.
A wirthy wyfe had he weddit, … on quhome a sone gat he
1567 G. Ball. 217.
Phisco … That gat Heliogabalus
(c) 1397 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 166.
The ayrs male betwyx thayme to be gotyn
1402 Reg. Panmure II. 184.
The ayris betwene thaim lachfully gotyn
c1420 Wynt. vi. 1902.
Gottyne he wes on ferly wys
a1500 Henr. Fab. 790.
This foirsaid foxe … Had not ane barne wes gottin richteouslie
1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 248/1.
Johne, quhilk deit bastard without ony lauchfull ayeris gottin of his body
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Bastardus.
Ane barne vnlauchfullie gotten outwith the band of mariage
(b) c1420 Wynt. i. 266.
Quhen that slawchter wes foryhetten, On Eve Adam Seth has gettyn
1436 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 45.
His ayris betwex him and … his spous gettyn
1484 Grant Chart. 36.
To … the barnes to be gettine amangis thame
c1420 Wynt. iv. 1252 (C).
Alexander … That gattyn was on Olympi
(c) 1513 Doug. vi. ii. 88.
He that was immortal get and boyr
Ib. ix. ix. 48. 1531 Bell. Boece I. p. xii.
This othir wenche … wes get of frothis of the see

2. To get, obtain, acquire (anything material).With a great variety of objects, including persons and places.(a) 1375 Barb. iii. 341.
The castell … with strenth war hard to get, Quhill that thar-in war men and mete
Ib. ix. 39. Ib. xvi. 335.
He gert get vrichtis that ves sle
a1400 Leg. S. xix. 517.
Gais and gettis ȝou lechis fele
Ib. xxix. 561.
Hichtand fare reward and gret To quha-sa erast mycht hym get
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 314.
Thyr thynges for to get [:quhet]
c1420 Wynt. v. 239.
Laurens … Askyd delay, swa that he Mycht it all in a sowme get
Ib. viii. 6228.
Gettis me … Ane hundyre on hors wyth me to ga
1456 Hay I. 155/20.
All that I may gett apon him … me think I suld tak fra him
c1475 Wall. vi. 683.
We may get meit off bestiall in this land
Ib. vii. 1306.
Wayttand a tyme to get his rychtwis king
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xvi. 46.
Sum gettis giftis … To sweir all that his maister sayis
1550 Reg. Cupar A. II. 241.
He gettand for ilk wild gwis iij s.
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxviii. 26.
The hyre women gettis na balbeis
absol. c1530-40 Stewart Bann. MS. 94 b/32.
Sum gettis at Ȝule, sum gettis at pes
a1570-86 Maitl. F. cxx. 3.
Get and saif and thou sall haif
(b) 1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 203.
To bring in all [the fowl] at he gaitis apoun ane price
1565 Peebles B. Rec. 299.
To gait ane doctour … to tech vnder him
a1540 Freiris Berw. 255 (B).
Ga, gait [M. Gav. get] me cheis and breid
1588 St. A. Kirk S. 622.
I sall find thé remaid, and gait thé geir
1601 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 108. 10/24.
Andro Gellatlie … past to the litt hous … to gait ane wapin
1643 S. Leith Rec. I. 44.
Till he gaitte a house provydit for him
(b) 1375 Barb. v. 110.
The men … effraytly gat thair ger
Ib. xviii. 279.
He askit gif thai gat na ma [ky]
a1400 Leg. S. xxiv. 198.
He of thare almouse gat
Ib. xxxiv. 281.
Scho gat … The clething of ane ald heremyte
c1420 Wynt. ii. 119.
Prewaly he gat a knyff
Ib. v. 2193.
He … gat hym wyttalle off the land
a1500 Seven S. 1745.
Thai delvit quhill thai the barrall gat
1531 Bell. Boece II. 146.
Dongallus … gat ane cobill to pas ouir the samin [water]
1542 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 333.
He gatt and boycht the samin [landis] fra Jhone Gordoun
a1500 Peblis to Play 121 (M).
He gate na better beddin
1570 Sat. P. x. 316.
Without delay he gat Northumberland
1603 Philotus cliii.
I gat … A deill vnto my dame
(c) a1400 Leg. S. vii. 592.
It that is Gottyne of blythnes … Is tynte richt oft
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 932.
All the ryches of that toune That gotten ware
c1420 Wynt. v. 2411.
Till hawe gottyn … Off gold and sylvyr gret plente
1425 Montgomery Mem. 9.
Gife it be outwyth [Scotland], it sal be gotyn on bath thair costys
1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 189.
With plantation of frote treis of the best kynd ma be gottyn
1492 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 48.
Quhar the some may be gottyne to the frethin of the saide malys
1515 Prestwich B. Rec. 47.
George allegit he had gottyn it [sc. a sword] … fra the said James
1561–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 392.
The uther burdis that wes gottine … wer crewkit
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 3.
Giff he had vsit the counsall of his lordis, … he mycht have gottin the Castill of Berwick
1634 Maxwell Mem. II. 252.
I hawe gottin nothing as ȝit … nather of powdir nor billat
1695 Corshill Baron Ct. 190.
Two dolloris … quhairof one goten of airleis of ane horse
(b) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 227.
Of quhois benefice Thys thing … getten is
c1420 Wynt. iv. Prol. 5 (W).
A garland, getten with gret perill
1582 Colville Lett. 4.
Lowsone hes gaitten ane letter … in fauors of ane laitly cummed hame

3. To get, obtain, attain to, with various objects denoting something non-material.(a) a1400 Leg. S. vii. 526.
He … prayt hym for hym to trete With his lord, & asouerens gete That he mycht cum to his presence
Ib. xxvii. 1587.
Deiff men thar gettis heryng
c1420 Wynt. viii. 6482.
Gret part … To the castelle … Held thare way to get succowre
?1438 Alex. ii. Prol. 20.
To get lessing of my torment
Ib. 4979.
Help sa get sal we
1456 Hay I. 259/12.
Nane wate it bot he himself, na may nocht othir provis gett
a1500 Henr. Orph. 209.
Off my lady help me to get a sicht
c1475 Wall. iv. 47.
Thow gettis no mendis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxii. 70.
That ȝe may gett ane bettir name
1521 Grant Chart. 66.
Gettand the said Donaldis leife to blok with the samyn [land]
a1540 Freiris Berw. 79.
Thay on na wayis micht gett entre
Ib. 365.
Get Symon wit, it wilbe deir doing
1560 Rolland Seven S. Prol. 17.
Sum gettis plesure, vthers gettis tray and tene
a1570-86 Maitl. F. cxiii. 17.
Trew knowlege sall I get in it
1610 Highland P. III. 121.
He thoght to gett his pardoun
(b) 1542 Grant Chart. 88.
Becaus I … may nocht gait souyr enteres to my … landis
1575 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 121.
He on na wyis culd … gaitt admissioun thairto
1573 Sat. P. xxxix. 237.
God gatand thankis, the Quene suld haue the gloir
1584 Ib. xlv. 682.
[He] stude ane lang hour at his yeatt, Or he could ony entres geatt
1601 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 108/10. 20.
Gaiting word that his maiestie wes nocht cum furth
1610 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 416.
Scho … said scho valde gait remeid for hir
(b) 1375 Barb. xix. 683.
The fox scathless gat his way
a1400 Leg. S. i. 585.
Sike ane fall thane he gat
Ib. ii. 611.
He that sicht thane gat
Ib. ix. 108.
With that Parfyte hele the madyne gate
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2276.
I gat a fell fray
c1420 Wynt. ii. 348.
The kyng gat a vesyown
Ib. viii. 1040.
Scho … gat hyr wyll and hyr yharnyng
1456 Hay I. 24/4.
He was chassit in France, quhare he gat gude help
c1475 Wall. ix. 622.
Lundy and Graym gat wyt off that awaill
a1500 Seven S. 541.
Off him the baire sone gat a sicht
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 102.
Mankind gat na grace
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xlii. 82.
Thus he was banist and gat a blek
c1536 Lynd. Compl. Bagsche 48.
In Court I gat greit audience
1567 Sat. P. v. 38.
It war weill wairit he gat his quhippis
Ib. vii. 192.
He gat the same rewaird
1613 Highland P. III. 130.
He … thinks he gat wrange in that act of counsell
1658 Lamont Diary 108.
At this tyme, also, they gatt a deaconry ouer the tradis
(c) 1405 James of Douglas Letter to Henry IV in Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 59.
Til aske … redresse tharof the qwhilk my deputis has askyte … & nane has gotyne
c1420 Wynt. i. 838.
Off Aracus … That land that name has gottyn richt
1456 Hay I. 70/27.
Thair digniteis, that thai have gottyn wrangwisly
c1420 Wynt. viii. 2855 (C).
He was richt blithe That he had gattyn that respyte
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxiii. 23.
Dreid he had gottin that he desarvit
1533 Bell. Livy I. 117/4.
Quhare na crymes nor occasioun or falt mycht be gottin
1596 Dalr. II. 302/2.
Quha war woundet, or had gottin vtheris wrangis [L. injuriis]
(b) 1513 Doug. iii. vi. 159.
On sik wys quhen thou hir fauouris has gett

4. With various complements. a1400 Leg. S. xxxvi. 1100.
To payre ane apil & til ete, [He] in hand a knyfe can gete
Ib. xxxviii. 499.
This Natalia … Stal a hand … & in hir bousume gat it sone
c1420 Wynt. v. 433.
A Romane … gat on that senyhe That Bretownys bare
Ib. viii. 2114.
The schyrrave be the throt he gat
c1475 Wall. iii. 31.
It war the best … Mycht he him get to be his steidfast man
Ib. vi. 70.
This … man hyr gat in mariage
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xliii. 43.
Thay get indoist Alhaill thair evidens
1535 Stewart 48888.
King Edward … had nocht bene lang, Had he thame gottin all into ane fang, To deill with him
15.. Sym & Bruder iii.
This was no bourdene to Brown Hill That gatt betwene the browis
1571 Sat. P. xxvii. 60.
Fra the Newhawin thay gatt into thair hand
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 77.
As ambassatour to the king of Denmark to get doun ane toll
1672 Foulis Acc. Bk. ii.
To Megs nurse for Megs geitting out teith

5. intr. With adverbs or prepositions indicative of movement.(a) ?1438 Alex. ii. 2711.
Ay quhen he on hand wald ta To get on fute
c1420 Wynt. vii. 501.
Owre hys throt it mycht noucht get [: ete]
Ib. viii. 6474.
Thai … fandit on the wall to gete
a1500 Seven S. 900.
I am quhar I may neuer get out
c1500 Fyve Bestes 244.
Get wp, get wp, we se the dayis sky
a1540 Freiris Berw. 94.
Our ȝettis ar closit that we may nocht in gett
1570 Maitl. F. xxix. 18.
Scantlie can I find quhar to get out
Ib. xcv. 10.
Quhair thai on sett, ay in thai gett
(b) a1400 Leg. S. vii. 206.
He … one kneys and elbois gat
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2276.
With the tothir half away I gat
c1420 Wynt. vii. 2526.
Ay throwch thame yhit gat he then
Ib. 3211.
In the castelle at the last Thai gat
?1438 Alex. II. 8410.
Delyuerly on fute he gat
c1475 Wall. ix. 1655.
Gat nane bot ane with lyff out off that sted
a1500 Seven S. 2460.
The stewart on the morne airly Gat wp
1561 Inverness B. Rec. I. 67.
Jasper and I gatt out at the duyr
1593 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 506.
That part of the stirkhous quhilk wes brokin be the men that gat away
(c) 1375 Barb. xviii. 454.
Thai bar thaim swa That thai ar gottyn aboun the bra
?1438 Alex. i. 2386.
On fute sone is he gottin thare

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