Get On Meaning/Definition of Get on

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Get On Meaning

The phrase get (v) on (adv.) first appeared in the English language the 1590’s and meant β€œto prosper.” Later it also began to take on the meaning of β€œto advance, make progress” as well as β€œbe friendly with.”

1. Meaning of Get on:

Most commonly we will use get on or get onto to refer to a person or thing to get on a form of transportation that transports many people

  • I need to get on to the bus and get to work.
  • We are going to go and get onto the plane, when you are ready come join us.Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β 

Related Phrases & Phrasal Verbs:

Climb on-Β in the context of get on, we use this phrase to describe someone move themselves onto something.

  • To get on to the plane we first need to climb onto the bus to be taxied to the plane.

Jump on-Β when we use this term we use it describe someone or something getting on something very quickly.

  • He jumped on the ladder and slipped and fell before he could get on the boat.

Clamber up-Β we use to describe someone who climbs something to get onto something.

  • He clambered up the ladder to get on the boat.

Mount up-Β we use this phrase to describe someone climbs onto something. It is sometimes used informally and idiomatically.

  • Ok everyone let’smount up and get on the wagon.Β 

Related idioms:

Hop on-Β often used to refer to getting onΒ a horse, but can also mean to get on something other than a horse.

Synonyms (other ways to say):

board

transfer

embark

catch

2. Meaning of Get on:

Another way we use get on is in the form of β€œget someone on something.” In this form, it might use it to describe putting someone on a media show like TV, Pod Cast or radio.

  • Fred got his friend on at his company because he knew the HR person well.
  • She got her friend on the famous talk show by sending an email to the host.Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β 

Related Phrases & Phrasal Verbs:

Bring on- when we use this phrase in the context of get on, it means to provide someone an opportunity to do something or invite them to do something.

  • We wanted Sally to get my friend on her TV show, but she said she couldn’t bring him on.

Bring in- when we use this in the context of get on, we are referring to someone joining from the outside.

  • She decided to bring in an expert and get him on the show to talk about the issue of Aliens.

Invite on-Β when we ask someone to do something as a request a show or a performance.

  • For Bob to get his friend on the show he would have to ask the producer to invite him on an audition first.

Related idioms:

Get a gig on- when someone receives an invitation to perform.

Synonyms (other ways to say):

have on

include as a guest

appear on

3. Meaning of Get on:

We will often use the phrase get on to say we need to do a task, and activity or job that we have been procrastinating on.

  • I really need to get onΒ that report as it is due on Monday and it already Thursday!
  • You need to get on your homework and then we will talk about TV time.Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β 

Collocations:

got on

getting on

Related Phrases & Phrasal Verbs:

Go about-Β means to do something.

  • How will we go about getting this project started? We need to get on this project soon!

Follow through-Β in the context of get one we use this phrase to say to finish what someone committed to doing.

  • We promised we would follow through, so tomorrow we will get on cleaning the car for mom.

See through-Β we use this to describe something a person does that they persist even if it is difficult.

  • We need to see this assignment through and then we will need to get on the BDN project.

Related idioms:

Get your ass on it-Β this is an idiomatic phrase we use to direct someone to hurry and complete something.

Get it done-Β we use this to express to someone to complete something.

Synonyms (other ways to say):

do

perform

act

conduct

pursue

4. Meaning of Get on:

We will use get on when we want to express that someone was chosen to be part of a group, team or membership.

  • The principle got on the board for the local community action group.
  • She got on the board of directors after a careful selection process.Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β 

Collocations:

get on

getting on

got on

Related Phrases & Phrasal Verbs:

Rule out of-Β when we use this phrase we are saying that we are excluding someone or something.

  • They ruled him out of the consideration and he did not get on the panels presidency.

Related idioms:

Call up-Β this phrase is used to say that we are giving someone an opportunity to join a higher-level group or team.

5.Β Meaning of Get on:

We can use this phrase to ask someone who they are doing with something, what progress is being made.

  • How are you getting along with the speech you are supposed to do?
  • He is getting along well with his preparation for the BAR examination.Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β 

Related Phrases & Phrasal Verbs:

To make progress on something-Β Β we use this phrase to express that things are getting better or improving.

  • How are you getting on with the report, are you making progress on it?

Get ahead-Β when we use this phrase in the context of get on we are saying we are advanced or further along than others.

  • I got ahead on my work, so the project is getting on well.

Break through-Β when we have a break through it means we have found a solution to an issue.

  • We had a breakthrough and we are getting on well with the final negotiation.

Related idioms:

Forge ahead-Β this is a phrase we use to phrase in the context of get on to say that we are moving forward and leading

Plod along-Β Β when we say plod along we are saying that thin are moving ahead, but slowly.

6. Meaning of Get on:

We can use get on as an expression to express the progression of time, age or number.Β  It can also be used to refer to someone as getting old.

  • It was getting on in the year and they hadn’t planted their crop yet.
  • He is getting on, and has already lost his hearing.

7.Β Meaning of Get on:

British will use get on in the same way that American English will use get along with.

  • My two friends don’t get on well since they had a falling out about a girl.
  • My parents and I get on well with each other, and we always got on well even when we disagreed.

Related Phrases & Phrasal Verbs:

Get along-Β to have a positive andcompatible relationship with someone.

Spend time with someone-Β use your time energy and effort to be with someone you like.

Fall in with-Β to act in accordance (some’s ideas or suggestions) or agree to. (I didn’t fall in with their ideas.)

Like-minded-Β when we use like-minded in the context of get on, it means that a person has similar interests and opinions.Β 

Related idioms:

Hit it off-Β this is a phrase used to say that two or more people like each other from the beginning of their relationship.

On the same page-Β when we use this phrase in the context of get on, we say that two people see and agree on things in general.

Having good vibes- this means someone has good feelings towards or about someone.

In sync with-Β when someone is in sync, they share the same ideas, feelings and opinions with someone or with a specific group of people.

Synonyms (other ways to say):

Get along

8.Β Meaning of Get on:

Often, we will use get on to express the action of reminding someone to do something, especially if they have been told more than once.

  • We need to get on Joshua to do his homework after school.
  • Bill had to keep getting onSarah for her work, he finally fired her.

Collocations:

He finally got on his kids to do their homework.

We need to get on this house work, the place is filthy.

She is getting on the report this afternoon, I expect to have it tomorrow.

9.Β Meaning of Get on:

Another meaning and way we use get on is informal and to express having sex.

  • Bill and Amy are in the bedroom getting it on.
  • Hey Sheila, how about we stay in tonight and get it on.

Related Phrases & Phrasal Verbs:

Make out- when we use this phrase, it means to kiss.

  • They were making out in their parents’ bedroom when their parents came in the room and interrupted them before they could get it on.

Make love- we use this phrase to express two people who care for each other having sex.

  • Forget making love, let’s just get it on!

Fool Around-Β we use this term to describe two people having casual sex.

  • Bill is not only fooling around with Amy, he has also been getting it on with Fran.

Related idioms:

Go all the way-Β we use this idiom to express two people beginning with pre-sexual activities and then have sexual intercourse.

Screw- this is an informal term used to describe people having sex.

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