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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyget on
he/she/itgets on
present participlegetting on
past tensegot on
past participlegotten on
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive]get on something to get into a bus, plane, or train
  2. 2

    get on


    get onto

    [transitive]get on something to be chosen to be part of a group or team

    Claire got on the school board.

    1. a.
      get someone on something to persuade or choose someone to be part of a group

      They want to get more women on the editorial team.

  3. 3

    get on


    get onto

    [transitive]get on something to be allowed to be on a television or radio program

    She even got on TV talking about her invention.

    1. a.
      get someone on something to put someone on a television or radio program

      A famous TV interviewer wanted to get her on his show.

  4. 4
    [transitive]get on someone American to remind someone to do something, especially when you have to do it more than once

    Get on Bill to see if he can come up with those numbers for you.

  5. 5
    [transitive]get on something to finally do something that you have been intending to do for a while
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  6. 6
    [intransitive] British to continue doing something, especially with more effort or more quickly than before

    Can we please get on, because there are a lot of things still to discuss.

  7. 7
    [intransitive] British to be successful in life or at work

    He is prepared to do anything in order to get on.

  8. 8
    [intransitive] British used for asking or talking about how well someone has done a particular activity
    get on with/in:

    How did you get on in your exams?

    Jim seems to be getting on very well with the cleaning.

  9. 9
    [intransitive] British same as get along (sense 1)

    My parents and I don’t get on.

  10. 10
    get it on impolite to have sex
  11. 11
    getting on
    1. b.
      British fairly late
  12. 12
    getting on for almost a particular time, number, age, etc.

    It was getting on for ten o’clock when she got home from work.

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