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v. phr. informal
1. To begin by chance; begin to. - Used with a verbal noun or an infinitive.

George meant to save his dollar, but he got to thinking how good an ice cream cone would taste, and he spent it.

On a rainy day, Sally got to looking around in the attic and found some old pictures of Father.

I got to know Mary at the party.

I was just getting to know John when he moved away.

Compare: take to(2)
2. To have a chance to; be able to.

The taylors wanted to go to the beach Saturday, but it rained and they didn't get to.

Did you get to see the king?

Compare: get at(3)
3. See: have to

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