abreast

adverb or adjective \ ə-ˈbrest \

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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Origin and Etymology of abreast

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



ABREAST Defined for Kids

abreast

adverb or adjective \ ə-ˈbrest \

Definition of abreast for Students

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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