Definition of get up in English:

get up

phrasal verb

  • 1

    (also get someone up)
    Rise or cause to rise from bed after sleeping.

    • ‘Nothing else in the world would have got us up before 8 am on a Saturday morning but this.’
    • ‘We got him up, don't remember what time, but we had him go to a friend's house.’
    • ‘So I got her up, changed her nappy, and put her down to play with toys.’
    • ‘From then on, she never had any trouble getting me up for school and I never pretended to be sick.’
    • ‘What would make someone get up so early and wait in the chilly wind just for a cheap meal?’
    • ‘Last week, I got up at three in the morning, lit a bonfire in my garden, and started fixing the grass.’
    • ‘So I got up late this morning, and went out by myself for breakfast since Ben is at work.’
    • ‘Saturday I stayed in bed for as long as I could and eventually got up at midday.’
    • ‘I got up bright and early and was at the gym for 11, had a good session and was all done by 12.’
    • ‘Dad used to get me up at the crack of dawn and take me to the beach to see the sand getting raked and cleaned up, ready for the day.’
    get out of bed, rise, stir, rouse oneself, bestir oneself, get going
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  • 2(of wind or the sea) become strong or agitated.

    • ‘Just before he played, the wind got up and blew a plastic bag into the sand.’
    • ‘The power went off on Tuesday afternoon just as the wind was getting up.’
    • ‘It's cold, a storm is brewing, the wind is getting up and there's no gold in this here pan.’
    • ‘The wind gets up then, and the hail it flings against the eastside window drowns her voice in white noise.’
    • ‘At first I feel only exhilaration as the wind gets up, and Larry begins to roll in the swell.’
    • ‘The wind gets up, gusting in from the Atlantic and rain starts to lash the windows.’
    • ‘We moved around the lagoon but I never had another chance before the wind and sun got up.’
    • ‘It's not very long by today's standards but as soon as the wind starts getting up, it makes a big difference.’
    • ‘Henman has his chances but seems flustered by the wind which is getting up again.’
    • ‘Diving in Limassol usually takes place early, because the wind tends to get up in late morning.’