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

Examples of abreast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wilson and Beckett ran nearly abreast through two miles in 9:36. Arkansas Online, 5 July 2022 There is deep history in the field of 33 with 11 rows, three cars abreast creating one of the most iconic, spectacular, and breathtaking moments in all of sport. Bruce Martin, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Staying abreast of new technology, like hypertargeting, can help small businesses reap the rewards of their marketing efforts. Michael Plummer, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Theory has evolved considerably even in the past ten years, so make sure your trainer is keeping abreast of current science and that their philosophy jives with your own. Kate Siber, Outside Online, 11 May 2021 An open, honest relationship with journalists is one of the most effective ways to keep voters abreast of developments. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 19 Apr. 2022 Staying abreast of the latest news and current trends is the first step. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 So picture me, with an unexpectedly large amount of car to my left, trying to balance on the clutch as cars nip and tuck down a street not wide enough for two to drive abreast, with a two-foot-thick medieval wall just beyond my rearview mirror. Mike Mcshane, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Out of office, Ms. Hurchalla remained abreast of all the goings-on around town. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Abreast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abreast. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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