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Definition of along

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in a line matching the length or direction of walking along the road also : at a point or points on a house along the river
2 : in the course of made stops along the way
3 : in accordance with : in a new agreement along the lines of the first



Definition of along (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : forward, on move along
2 : from one to another word was passed along
3a : in company : as a companion brought his wife along often used with with walked to school along with her friends
b : in association used with with work along with colleagues
4a : sometime within a specified or implied extent of time usually used with about along about July 17
b : at or to an advanced point plans are far along
5 : in addition : also usually used with with a bill came along with the package
6 : at hand : as a necessary or useful item brought an extra one along had his gun along
7 : on hand : there tell him I'll be along to see him

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Synonyms for along

Synonyms: Adverb

ahead, forth, forward, forwards, on, onward (also onwards)

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Examples of along in a Sentence


We walked along the beach. The chairs were lined up along the wall. The ship sailed along the coast. We drove to Boston and we stopped along the way for lunch.


We walked along beside the road. I was just walking along, minding my own business. The police told the people in the crowd to move along. We looked at the houses as we drove along. Plans for a new stadium are already pretty far along.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

One of my favorite suhoor meals is overnight oats, which has a great balance of whole grain carbohydrates for energy along with filling protein and fats. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "5 Energizing, Plant-Based Dishes This R.D. Relies on During Ramadan," 3 May 2019 In the first season, Cheryl was a sophomore, along with Betty, Archie, and Veronica. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 "Riverdale" Plot Holes That Will Keep You Up at Night," 3 May 2019 Modern-day muses Mollie Acquavella, Giulia Caltagirone, Nell Diamond, and Devon Radzwill joined Santo Domingo in Oscar de la Renta, which sponsored the party along with Bulgari and Moda Operandi. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "This Year's Save Venice Masked Ball Was More Glam Than Ever," 1 May 2019 Potassium-Rich Picks The above foods are also high in fiber—along with whole grains—another key nutrient for heart health. Marygrace Taylor, Woman's Day, "4 Heart-Healthy Diet Changes Every Woman Should Make," 1 May 2019 The couple's official Twitter account shared the same message, along with a series of sweet photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding day: Kate recently honored her wedding anniversary at the royal family's Easter Sunday church service. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Celebrate Eighth Wedding Anniversary with Sweet Instagram Post," 29 Apr. 2019 The death toll, too, will almost certainly rise; cases of cholera have now been reported, along with an increase in malaria cases. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 Ram truck sales also account for a disproportionate share of Fiat Chrysler’s bottom line, along with its Jeep brand. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Prices of Pickup Trucks Charge Into Luxury-Car Territory," 11 Feb. 2019 The couple inscribed the same delicate script along the inside of their arms featuring the names of their kids and one another. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Are Honoring Their Kids in a Very Permanent Way," 14 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Not only is your metabolism chugging along, but lying down can also contribute to acid reflux. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "15 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight, According to Experts," 2 May 2019 Heat 3 Tbsp oil in a medium skillet on low along with lemon zest, red pepper flakes, and fennel seeds. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lemony Artichoke Linguine with Olives," 29 Apr. 2019 As apparel and culture [become more casual], footwear is going right along with it. Glamour, "It’s Finally Happening: Everlane Is Releasing a Sneaker," 18 Apr. 2019 And the change in ownership is moving along at the same time Education Secretary Betsy DeVos works to dismantle Obama-era regulations designed to better police the industry and increase protections for students. Collin Binkley, The Seattle Times, "Little scrutiny in DeVry sale, as DeVos targets protections," 1 Oct. 2018 Locally heavy downpours could develop this evening, but storms should be moving along at a fast enough clip that instances of flash flooding would be isolated. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "A few severe storms possible this evening, especially north of the District," 27 June 2018 Jennifer Aniston's plan for Netflix domination seems to be moving right along. Shannon Carlin,, "Jennifer Aniston Is The President Of The United States In New Netflix Movie," 18 May 2018 Oregon was early to this trend, but everyone else is following along now. Sean Illing, Vox, "How corporate cash bought higher education," 14 Nov. 2018 Notably, Meghan is feeling well and is at least 12 weeks along, and both the royals and Meghan's mother Doria and delighted. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Having a Boy or a Girl?," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of along


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for along


Middle English, from Old English andlang, from and- against + lang long — more at ante-

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English Language Learners Definition of along

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in a line matching the length or direction of (something)
: at a point on (something)



English Language Learners Definition of along (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a forward direction
used to say that someone or something is brought or taken with you when you go somewhere often + with
: at or to an advanced point


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Kids Definition of along

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : on or near in a lengthwise direction Walk along the trail.
2 : at a point on He stopped along the way.



Kids Definition of along (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : farther forward or on Move along.
2 : as a companion, associate, or useful item I brought a friend along.
3 : at an advanced point The project is pretty well along.
all along
: all the time I knew it was you all along.

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