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Definition of the verb get along

What does get along mean as a doing phrase?


  1. proceed or get along
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of get along: come / do / fare / make out
    • more generic words: go / proceed = follow a certain course
  2. have smooth relations
    • example: My boss and I get along very well
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of get along: get along with / get on / get on with
    • more generic word: relate = have or establish a relationship to
  3. develop in a positive way
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Patient - being] [Verb] to [Destination]He converted to Buddhism
      [Patient - being] [Verb] to [Destination, subject control with -ing]He converted to believing in Buddha

      Verbs of Transformation (with the same syntax): come around, fall, get, get around, get down, go back, resort, return, revert, settle down, shift, take, turn.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of get along: advance / come along / come on / get on / progress / shape up
    • more generic word: develop = grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
    • more specific words:
      • climb = improve one's social status
      • leapfrog = progress by large jumps instead of small increments

Alternative definition of the verb get along


  1. [intransitive, idiomatic, often followed by [term, with]] To interact or coexist well, without argument or trouble.
  2. [idiomatic] To survive; to do well enough.


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Google previewEtymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of Difficult Words (1882)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

To get along, to manage with difficulty. Get along, move on. To get asleep, to fall asleep with difficulty. To get at, to reach after having employed effort. To get away, to free from entanglement.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the British Novel (2015)

by Victoria Gaydosik

The immature and decidedly unlikable Ida continues hersexualaffairs, while MissOvermore and Beale donot get along. They allrealize theyhave madebad marriages toolate. Theformer Miss Overmore, now Mrs. Farange, and Sir Claude form ...

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Bruce Willis. Pain in my ass, no problem about that. We just didn't get along. We got along off camera, but shooting we just didn't get along. (Antoine Fuqua)
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