What is the meaning of "get over" in the following sentence (Source: PHONICS PC COMICS Volume 3 Issue 1),

You two really grew a lot this year. I cannot get over how tall you both are. The doctor will be amazed at my two big boys!


Does "I cannot get over how tall you both are" mean "I cannot know how tall you both are" or "I cannot overcome how tall you both are"?

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Here we clearly have the British usage. One of the meanings of 'get over' is to fully understand, realise, or become used to something, especially a change. I can't get over how big your dog is now. I can't get over how quiet the house is, now that the kids have left home. There is not necessarily any implication of worry, disquiet or disappointment.

Very often, the expression is a kind of exaggeration - of course we have got over (or will soon get over) the fact that a child we saw a year ago is now noticeably taller.

4. (intr, preposition) to appreciate fully
I just can't get over seeing you again

Get over in British (Collins Dictionary)


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