adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈbrest How to pronounce abreast (audio) \

Definition of abreast

1 : beside one another in line columns of men five abreast with seats two abreast on each side of the aisle They drew abreast of [=alongside of] each other.
2 : up to a particular standard or level especially of knowledge of recent developments tries to keep abreast of [=to stay informed about] the news

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Recent Examples on the Web CNN Business is keeping you abreast of this story here. Allison Morrow, CNN, "Charges of fowl play rock the poultry world, and 4 other business stories you need to read," 3 June 2020 Kloots has been keeping fans abreast of her husband's condition on social media. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Broadway star Nick Cordero wakes from medically induced coma," 12 May 2020 Harnden would confide in Nicosia, keep him abreast of his plans for the outlet, and complain to him in brazen terms about events and personnel inside the office, according to the audio recordings and text messages obtained by CNN Business. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Inside the climate of 'workplace terror and bullying' at the Washington Examiner, a conservative media outlet on the rise," 14 Feb. 2020 Think of this as a spring cleaning, albeit one that will need to be done routinely now to keep abreast of spreading the risk of contamination. Brad Fick, Car and Driver, "How to Get Your Vehicle's Interior Germ-Free without Hurting It," 30 Mar. 2020 Additionally, the society organized a COVID-19 task force that would meet daily to stay abreast of the situation. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "'We're all on edge': Maricopa County animal shelters worried about drop in adoptions amid coronavirus concerns," 18 Mar. 2020 The Democratic National Committee’s chief security officer, Bob Lord, holds occasional video conferences with members of presidential campaign staffs to keep them abreast of the latest threats. Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, "Iranian Hackers Target Trump Campaign as Threats to 2020 Mount," 4 Oct. 2019 The Aspen Institute’s Project Play has set up a website to keep parents abreast of the shifting youth sports landscape as well as to offer tips on keeping their children safe, healthy and exercising. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Tears and Disbelief as Coronavirus Cancels Youth Sports," 16 Mar. 2020 Occasionally, there were three cars running abreast, which rarely happened in the 2019 season. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Hey, NASCAR drivers were actually able to pass each other at FanShield 500," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of abreast

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abreast

Middle English abrest, from a- a- entry 1 + brest breast entry 1

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The first known use of abreast was in the 15th century

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13 Jun 2020

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“Abreast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abreast. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈbrest How to pronounce abreast (audio) \

Kids Definition of abreast

1 : right beside one another The street was only wide enough for four people to walk abreast.— Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
2 : up to a certain level of knowledge I try to keep abreast of the news.

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