abreast

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 Past presidents have chipped away at France’s retirement system, and salaries have not stayed abreast of the rising cost of living, said Queru, who plans to retire at 54 with 75% of his salary. Washington Post, "French unions behind strikes get public funds," 30 Dec. 2019 It’s like trying to get the front line of a football team abreast through a garage door vs. the same number of cheerleaders. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Shotgun Showdown: 12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge vs. 28 Gauge," 11 Dec. 2019 Collier says those looking to save should visit one of the brand's outlet locations, stay abreast of its pop-up factory-to-table stores or be ready to pounce on promotions on discontinued or overstocked colors during the holidays. Becky Krystal, chicagotribune.com, "How to pick, care for and cook in your Dutch oven," 11 Oct. 2019 Collier says those looking to save should visit one of the brand’s outlet locations, stay abreast of its pop-up factory-to-table stores or be ready to pounce on promotions on discontinued or overstocked colors during the holidays. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to pick, care for and cook in your Dutch oven, the one pot every home cook should own," 11 Oct. 2019 He was well read and enjoyed staying abreast of the local, national and international news. courant.com, "John G. Deemer," 3 Nov. 2019 This is a good time to clear your desk of unfinished business and to stay abreast of regular maintenance routines. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 18, 2019: Gemini, you’ll find it hard to get your point across; Virgo, spend some money," 18 Nov. 2019 Salazar kept Parker abreast of the tests, according to reports from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "CEO exits soared in October, setting up record year for departures," 6 Nov. 2019 Both in print and online, our newsroom has aimed to keep readers abreast of every key development in this harrowing, historic and portentous moment in our community’s life. SFChronicle.com, "How The Chronicle has covered Kincade Fire, PG&E outages on the front page," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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25 Jan 2020

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“Abreast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abreast. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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abreast

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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