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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 participlegot on
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] get on something to get into a bus, plane, or train
  2. 2
    [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.

    get on and do something:

    I need to get on and cook this chicken before everyone gets here.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    get on


    get onto

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

    She even got on TV talking about her invention.

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

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

  5. 5
    [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.

  6. 6
    [intransitive] British to be successful in life or at work

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

  7. 7
    [intransitive] British same as get along

    My parents and I don’t get on.

    I think you two would get on well.

    get on with:

    She seems to get on with everybody.

  8. 8
    [transitive] get on something mainly American to finally do something that you have been intending to do for a while
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  9. 9
    get it on impolite to have sex
  10. 10
    getting on
    1. a.
    2. b.
      British fairly late

      It’s getting on, we’d better leave.

  11. 11
    getting on for almost a particular time, number, age etc

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

See also main entry: get
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