abreast

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈbrest\

Definition of abreast

  1. 1 :  beside one another with bodies in line <columns of men five abreast>

  2. 2 :  up to a particular standard or level especially of knowledge of recent developments <keeps abreast of the news>

15th Century

First Known Use of abreast

15th century



ABREAST Defined for English Language Learners

abreast

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈbrest\

Definition of abreast for English Language Learners

  • —used to describe two or more people or things that are next to each other in a line


ABREAST Defined for Kids

abreast

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈbrest\

Definition of abreast for Students

  1. 1 :  right beside one another <The street was only wide enough for four people to walk abreast. — Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved>

  2. 2 :  up to a certain level of knowledge <I try to keep abreast of the news.>



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