- (transitive, intransitive) To board or mount (something), especially a vehicle.
Please get on the bus as quickly as possible. She has no trouble getting off a bus but has difficulty getting on.
- (intransitive) To be successful.
John is really getting on at work. I hear John has a new job. How's he getting on? She's getting on very well at school.
- (intransitive, with "with") To progress (with).
It's time to get on with improving quality.
- (intransitive) To become late.
Time is getting on. It was getting on for midnight before I went to bed.
- (intransitive) To become old.
My parents are visibly getting on a bit these days.
- (intransitive) To have a good relationship; to get along.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- “I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. […]”
I wish you and I could learn to get on.
- (transitive) To commence (an action).
The dishes need washing, the floor needs vacuuming, the laundry needs folding. Get on it!
- (to board a vehicle): board, climb on, embark, get onboard, get onto, mount
- (to enter a vehicle): board, embark, get onboard
- (to be successful): bloom, blossom, come along, succeed, thrive
- (to become late): get late.
- (to become old): age, become old, get old.
- (to have a good relationship): get along, understand each other or understand one another
- (to board a vehicle): alight from, climb down from, climb off, disembark, exit, get down from, get off, get out of, leave
- (to enter a vehicle): alight, climb down, disembark, exit, get down, get off, get out, leave
to board or mount
to enter (a vehicle)
to be successful
to become old
to have a good relationship
to commence an action
- Expresses surprise or disbelief.