Definition of get over in US English:

get over

phrasal verb

  • 1Recover from (an ailment or an upsetting or startling experience)

    ‘the trip will help him get over Sal's death’
    • ‘I've gone through a very similar experience that I'm just getting over.’
    • ‘I know from personal experience that you never ever really get over this awful loss in your family.’
    • ‘People get over all sorts of disabilities and recover from all sorts of things.’
    • ‘He took to the rinks again in 2001 to help him get over the death of his wife and to aid his recovery from a heart attack.’
    • ‘I went a few years ago and I haven't yet got over the experience.’
    • ‘We just have to put it down to experience, get over it and get the necessary points required.’
    • ‘He wants to play more to help him get over the most painful loss that he had experienced.’
    • ‘It's horrible to have to get over a loss like the one you've experienced, but people do it all the time.’
    • ‘For the children who survived the tsunami, painting what they saw and experienced is one way of getting over the trauma.’
    • ‘The girl got over her shock and started laughing and other people joined in aware that she was unharmed.’
    recover from, recuperate from, get better after, pull through, shrug off, survive, come round from
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  • 2Overcome (a difficulty).

    • ‘And I do think it's time I got over my obsessive need to pay on time, and in full.’
    • ‘Jake hadn't been entirely pleased when Brian had been the one to help solve the case but he got over it.’
    • ‘Luckily she didn't make them and they got over their fears.’
    • ‘The montage serves to show Josey's difficulty in getting over, or at least learning to live with, what happened earlier.’
    • ‘Joan got over this desperate drawback by slipping off to the library.’
    • ‘The Premier admitted that there were areas in their discussions where they had differences, but they got over it.’
    • ‘How you got over your troubles does not necessarily provide an insight into another's plight.’
    • ‘After all, the country has still not quite got over the riots.’
    • ‘Countries that experience this level of violence usually take decades to get over it.’
    • ‘We talk a lot about my difficulties with conversation and she suggests strategies for getting over them, some of which are more useful than others.’
    overcome, surmount, prevail over, triumph over, get the better of, master
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