get to

[get to] {v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To begin by chance; begin to. -Used with a verbal noun or an infinitive.

George meant to save hisdollar, 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 inthe attic and found some old pictures of Father.

I got to knowMary at the party.

I was just getting to know John when he movedaway.

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

TheTaylors wanted to go to the beach Saturday, but it rained and theydidn't get to.

Did you get to see the king?

Compare: GET AT(3).3. See: HAVE TO.