Get By

How to Conjugate Get By

  • Infinitive: Get By
  • Present Tense: Get By/ Gets By
  • -ing Form: Getting By
  • Past Tense: Got By
  • Past Participle: Gotten By
Get By is a separable phrasal verb and has 3 definitions.

Definitions of Get By:

1. To pass someone or something.

Examples: The police aren’t letting anyone get by the barriers.
Move to the left, so the joggers can get by.

2. To survive or function with just enough of something.

Examples: It’s not easy getting by without a job!
He’s getting by with a lot of support from friends and family.

3. To not notice something.

Examples: The guards are really diligent and nothing gets by them.
Do you really believe that’s going to get by mom?

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