"to get a diagnosis"

"to have a diagnosis"?

I have seen both are used when I did a search on google, but "to get a diagnosis" seems far more common than "have a diagnosis" according to google search results.

Which one do you think is more idiomatic?

  • Why do you think it's any different than the normal difference between "have" and "get"?
    – gotube
    Nov 1, 2022 at 17:26
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    Because I thought that you can't have a diagnosis. Maybe because of my native language, I thought that having a diagnosis might be wrong, because a diagnosis is something that should be provided/given/granted by a doctor. I thought one can not have it as if they can have some tea which you can have yourself. It sounded unusual to me.
    – Yunus
    Nov 1, 2022 at 17:31
  • In that case, yes, "diagnosis" follows the normal meanings of "get" and "have", and it's perfectly natural to use either.
    – gotube
    Nov 1, 2022 at 17:59

2 Answers 2


"to get a diagnosis" implies the action of getting the diagnosis.

"to have a diagnosis" implies that fact that one has been obtained.


"Now that the test are complete I finally have a diagnosis"


"My stomach has been hurting for weeks, I'll go to the doctor and get a diagnosis."

note that 'have got' has the same sense as 'have'.


Not according to Google Ngrams!

If you get a diagnosis, you obtain one. If you have one, you have already obtained it.

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