adverb or adjective

: 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.
: up to a particular standard or level especially of knowledge of recent developments
tries to keep abreast of [=to stay informed about] the news

Examples of abreast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Subscribe to the Eye on AI newsletter to stay abreast of how AI is shaping the future of business. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 In this new era, staying abreast of AI advancements will not be a choice, but rather a fundamental requirement for organizations to remain competitive. Committee Of 200, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 California’s legislative landscape is dynamic, and staying abreast of updates is essential for local governments to align policies with statewide initiatives. Yan Zhao, The Mercury News, 11 Feb. 2024 Setting up systems like text and email alerts from your bank can keep you abreast of all your financial activity. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 19 Jan. 2024 Being innovators will mean fine-tuning to the tastes of customers, and staying continually abreast of the latest NA products being introduced to the market, and a harder-to-quantify commitment to new frontiers. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2024 Up-To-Date Technology In my experience, one of the most significant factors for being a leader in the med spa world is staying abreast of the latest technological advancements. Devin Haman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Ask potential vendors about their experience in your industry, their approach to staying abreast of evolving threats and their track record in handling incidents. Michelle Drolet, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Halle Berry took her relationship with Hunt public in 2020, and the two have kept followers abreast of their relationship ever since. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 20 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Abreast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abreast. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
: side by side with bodies in line
lined up three abreast
: up to a standard or level especially of knowledge
keep abreast of the times

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