Definition of get on in English:

get on

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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.’
    • ‘I suppose I was selfish, in that everything was geared towards getting on in my career.’
    • ‘I'm just a pilot trying to get on in my career, so suddenly I find myself with very little to move on to.’
    • ‘Derek came over to see how we were getting on with our repairs.’
    • ‘And we were supposed to go to loads of meetings to tell them how we were getting on.’
    • ‘It was interesting to know how things were getting on with her and her life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An hour later, my mother arrived to see how I was getting on.’
    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. 1.1Continue doing something, especially after an interruption.
      ‘that's enough hanging around, we need to get on’
      • ‘I've got to get on with this job’
      • ‘Kimi just looks politely bored, waiting to get on with his interrupted conversation.’
      • ‘We value time, we are pressed to get on with the job, to deliver the goods, to increase productivity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is nothing I can do but get on with things, push as hard as possible and hope our strategists got things right.’
      • ‘I continue to urge all concerned to focus and get on with the tasks at hand.’
      • ‘Writers could avoid being interrupted in these narrow rooms and could get on with their work.’
      • ‘It was time to get on with several aspirations that I'd been consistently pushing to one side for several years.’
      • ‘The Scot hardly spent any time planning or visualising the climb ahead, preferring just to get on with it.’
      • ‘Let the experts get on with governing the institutions, and let the government stick to its business.’
      • ‘We can discuss things, but he gets on with his job and I get on with mine.’
      continue, proceed, go ahead, carry on, go on, keep on, press on, push on, press ahead, persist, persevere
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    2. 1.2British Be successful in one's life or career.
      • ‘parents are always anxious for their children to get on’
  • 2British Have a harmonious or friendly relationship.

    ‘they seem to get on pretty well’
    • ‘I always got on with him brilliantly’
    be friendly, be on friendly terms, be in harmony, be compatible, get along, feel a rapport
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  • 3be getting oninformal Be old or comparatively old.

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