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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyget along
he/she/itgets along
present participlegetting along
past tensegot along
past participlegot along
  1. 1

    get along


    get on


    get on with

    if people get along, they like each other and are friendly to each other

    Richard and his sister don’t get along.

    get along with:

    I get along well with most of my colleagues.

  2. 2
    to manage to continue doing something or make progress in a situation

    I got along much better in my new job.

    get along with:

    How are you getting along with your schoolwork?

    get along without:

    I couldn’t get along without you.

  3. 3
    spoken to leave a place

    You’d better be getting along now.

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