since 1997, the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English
Get your 7 Secrets FREE

get old

This page is about the collocation get old

collocation pattern: verb + adjective

Meaning

to become an old or elderly person

For example

  • We'll have lots of free time when we get old.

  • The trouble with getting old is that you still feel young inside.

Note:
The comparative form "get older" can refer to any age group, as in "I love watching my kids get older", but "get old" can only refer to old age, as in "Grandpa's getting really old".

Quick Quiz

At which age is someone starting to get old?

a. around forty

b. around sixty

c. around sixteen

Contributor: Matt Errey