\ 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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Examples of abreast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In their early years in Marrakech, whenever Fournier and Marty returned to Paris, Schoeffer would keep them abreast of his adventures in long, literary faxes. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "A Moroccan Retreat With a French Minimalist Spin," 13 Aug. 2018 Delays: TriMet is keeping riders abreast of route changes via TriMet service alerts. oregonlive.com, "Navigating the Portland protests: Transportation updates for Aug. 17," 17 Aug. 2019 Count on the Hartford Restaurant Group to stay abreast of what diners covet. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Down-home BBQ gets upscale at Que Whiskey Kitchen in Southington," 1 Aug. 2019 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

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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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18 Oct 2019

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

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\ 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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