abreast

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈbrest\

Definition of abreast

  1. 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. 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

Origin and Etymology of abreast

see 1breast


First Known Use: 15th century



ABREAST Defined for Kids

abreast

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈbrest\

Definition of abreast for Students

  1. 1 :  right beside one another The street was only wide enough for four people to walk abreast. — Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved

  2. 2 :  up to a certain level of knowledge I try to keep abreast of the news.



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