Definition of get up in English:

get up

phrasal verb

  • 1Rise or cause to rise from bed after sleeping.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I got up bright and early and was at the gym for 11, had a good session and was all done by 12.’
    • ‘We got him up, don't remember what time, but we had him go to a friend's house.’
    • ‘Nothing else in the world would have got us up before 8 am on a Saturday morning but this.’
    • ‘So I got her up, changed her nappy, and put her down to play with toys.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From then on, she never had any trouble getting me up for school and I never pretended to be sick.’
    • ‘Saturday I stayed in bed for as long as I could and eventually got up at midday.’
    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.’
    • ‘Henman has his chances but seems flustered by the wind which is getting up again.’
    • ‘At first I feel only exhilaration as the wind gets up, and Larry begins to roll in the swell.’
    • ‘The power went off on Tuesday afternoon just as the wind was getting up.’
    • ‘The wind gets up, gusting in from the Atlantic and rain starts to lash the windows.’
    • ‘It's cold, a storm is brewing, the wind is getting up and there's no gold in this here pan.’
    • ‘It's not very long by today's standards but as soon as the wind starts getting up, it makes a big difference.’
    • ‘Diving in Limassol usually takes place early, because the wind tends to get up in late morning.’
    • ‘We moved around the lagoon but I never had another chance before the wind and sun got up.’
    • ‘The wind gets up then, and the hail it flings against the eastside window drowns her voice in white noise.’