Definition of get on in US English:

get on

phrasal verb

  • 1Perform or make progress in a specified way.

    ‘how are you getting on?’
    • ‘Sirka did as she was instructed, and with the help of Aden, she managed to get on.’
    • ‘And we were supposed to go to loads of meetings to tell them how we were getting on.’
    • ‘Although rivalry was intense between the two clubs, she always showed an interest in how my children were getting on and always asked after them.’
    • ‘She then chatted informally to students asking them how they were getting on in their different courses.’
    • ‘It was interesting to know how things were getting on with her and her life.’
    • ‘I'm just a pilot trying to get on in my career, so suddenly I find myself with very little to move on to.’
    • ‘An hour later, my mother arrived to see how I was getting on.’
    • ‘And even though they had since stopped attending the meetings, members still met up informally at a local pub on a regular basis to chat about how they were getting on.’
    • ‘I suppose I was selfish, in that everything was geared towards getting on in my career.’
    • ‘Derek came over to see how we were getting on with our repairs.’
    fare, manage, progress, advance, get on, do, cope, survive, muddle along, muddle through
    fare, manage, progress, advance, get along, do, cope, survive, muddle along, muddle through
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    1. 1.1 Continue doing something, especially after an interruption.
      ‘I've got to get on with this job’
      • ‘There is nothing I can do but get on with things, push as hard as possible and hope our strategists got things right.’
      • ‘Let the experts get on with governing the institutions, and let the government stick to its business.’
      • ‘I continue to urge all concerned to focus and get on with the tasks at hand.’
      • ‘He said it was important that the very busy base now had to get on with day-to-day life and continue its vital role.’
      • ‘Writers could avoid being interrupted in these narrow rooms and could get on with their work.’
      • ‘We value time, we are pressed to get on with the job, to deliver the goods, to increase productivity.’
      • ‘It was time to get on with several aspirations that I'd been consistently pushing to one side for several years.’
      • ‘We can discuss things, but he gets on with his job and I get on with mine.’
      • ‘The Scot hardly spent any time planning or visualising the climb ahead, preferring just to get on with it.’
      • ‘Kimi just looks politely bored, waiting to get on with his interrupted conversation.’
      continue, proceed, go ahead, carry on, go on, keep on, press on, push on, press ahead, persist, persevere
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  • 2British Have a harmonious or friendly relationship.

    ‘they seem to get on pretty well’
    • ‘Always devoted to his work, he was a friendly man, and got on well with all his people.’
    • ‘We got on well and remained friends after I left Oxford.’
    • ‘I wouldn't say we're best friends, but we get on well - both on and off the golf course.’
    • ‘He is very friendly and loving and gets on with other dogs so could be homed with a family who have a dog already.’
    • ‘I get on pretty well with all the sprinters, despite the fact that we go head to head with each other on a day-to-day basis.’
    • ‘The players get on pretty well with each other and no-one likes to see anyone shoved out of the door.’
    • ‘Although we didn't have much in common, we got on like old friends.’
    • ‘It is a very friendly club and everyone gets on well with each other.’
    • ‘She was a very pleasant and friendly lady and got on well in her job.’
    • ‘Some weeks later I ran into the geology professor, a friendly person that I got on well with.’
    be friendly, be on friendly terms, be in harmony, be compatible, get along, feel a rapport
    be friendly, be on friendly terms, be in harmony, be compatible, get on, feel a rapport
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  • 3be getting oninformal Be old or comparatively old.

    ‘we are both getting on a bit’
    • ‘Dad had been an alderman for the City and chairman of the Ratepayers' Association, but they were getting on in years by then.’
    • ‘Therefore, most participants were getting on in years.’
    • ‘In 1949, when he was getting on in years, he took a party on a tour of historic sights.’
    • ‘It's hard to know, but I was in my 30s and some of the other were getting on too, but it's hard to say.’
    • ‘It was the solace of women who were getting on in years - the plain gold band on the ring finger.’
    • ‘The couple said they were getting on, and they thought they'd better move near their daughter so she could look after them.’
    • ‘Kostya's getting on in age, has had a great career and is ready to enjoy the fruits of his success with his family.’