\ 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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There are highlight sections from around the grounds mixed in, and on-screen tournament update windows shown to keep fans abreast of all the action. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Wimbledon Embraces Technology and Tradition in Unique Way," 2 July 2018 Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has told Beltre that he will be kept abreast of any deals that might come along, a source said. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers' deadline dilemma: Find trade for Beltre or keep him for 2018, beyond," 24 June 2018 Tags attached to kegs that transmit data would keep brewers abreast of their whereabouts. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Keg Trackers Keep Your Ale From Going AWOL," 20 June 2018 Check the church’s website to stay abreast of developments. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, "Summer selections for classical music lovers," 8 June 2018 The company is closely coordinating with the city and private partners to stay abreast of any construction or changes on the route. David Roberts, Vox, "Here’s how self-driving cars could catch on," 8 May 2018 To keep the Trump administration abreast of Seoul's moves, Moon has consistently dispatched key aides to the US capital for talks. Joshua Berlinger, Paula Hancocks And Yoonjung Seo, CNN, "Dealing with North Korea: Three lessons from previous summits," 25 Apr. 2018 Changing from two long lines of eight ships each, the fleet was divided into divisions of fours, the flagships steaming abreast at the lead of their respective columns. sandiegouniontribune.com, "April 14, 1908: Great White Fleet visits San Diego," 14 Apr. 2018 Hibbard keeps abreast of the conservation challenges facing Connecticut. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Mr. Conservation: John Hibbard Worked For Decades To Preserve Connecticut’s Farmland, Parks, Forests," 29 Mar. 2018

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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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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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