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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

Maddie, along with her boyfriend and season 16 runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, sang a duet for the evening. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'American Idol' Fans Defend Former Winner Maddie Poppe After Finale Drama," 19 May 2019 The bankruptcy court case revealed that Miller had hidden $755,000 worth of income from the US Government, resulting in her having to pay $40,000 in fines along with a $120,000 judgment when convicted of fraud. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Abby Lee Miller Is Worth More Than You Might Think," 18 May 2019 All Ipsy members will receive a Tetrix x Ipsy Glam Bag along with at least one product from the collaboration. Marci Robin, Allure, "Ipsy’s Upcoming Tetris Makeup Collection Celebrates the Video Game’s 35th Anniversary," 18 May 2019 Cassidy Bullock Cassidy Bullock was a cashier at a convenience store, but also the guy, who along with his gang, tried to rob Veronica's lake house. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Every "Riverdale" Character That's Been Killed Off," 10 May 2019 Dog Park Finder - If your dog is a social creature, use this app to locate dogs parks along your route. Laurren Welch, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Road-Tripping With Your Dog," 31 Jan. 2019 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

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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one that collects or salvages junk

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