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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

Synonyms for along

Synonyms: Adverb

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Examples of along in a Sentence

Preposition 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. Adverb 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition On Wednesday morning, the woman — who was identified by ABC 7 as Antonia Mendoza Chavez — was walking with her pets along the San Gabriel River in Pico Rivera when the incident occurred, authorities told KTLA. Nicholas Rice,, 23 June 2022 Introduced from Asia in the 1960s to control weeds and algae, four voracious species — silver, bighead, grass and black carp — escaped from ponds in the South and have exploded in numbers along the Mississippi River and its far-reaching tributaries. Peter Kendall, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 The fisherman alerted a nearby team of scientists from the Wonders of the Mekong project, which has publicized its conservation work in communities along the river. Jerry Harmer, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2022 The Wonders of the Mekong project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, has partnered with the Cambodian Fishers Administration and worked with local communities to improve conservation efforts along the river. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 22 June 2022 The heavy rain coupled with rapid snowmelt that led to flooding along the Yellowstone River was a 1 in 500-year event, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 22 June 2022 The woman and dogs were killed while walking on a path along the San Gabriel River just before 9 a.m., as severe weather moved into the southeast Los Angeles region, said L.A. County Sheriff’s Sgt. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2022 The village of South Elgin will hold a community picnic and concert featuring the South Elgin High School Marching Storm starting at 11 a.m. at Panton Mill Park, 10 N. Water St, along the Fox River. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 22 June 2022 Problems have continued, meanwhile, at the city’s second wastewater treatment plant along the Patapsco River. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Right from the opening scream, Rihanna's number one hit will get people dancing — and singing along to that crazy catchy hook. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 22 June 2022 Rhode Islanders are already struggling to deal with soaring inflation, and raising the corporate tax rate will result in companies passing costs along to consumers. Globe Staff,, 22 June 2022 Road tips offer the chance to truly unwind and connect, from singing along to the radio to sharing inside jokes. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 21 June 2022 In a video shared by Fox Sports: MLB on Twitter, Diamond is enthusiastically singing along to his classic while sporting a black and red Boston Red Sox leatherman jacket. Thania Garcia, Variety, 19 June 2022 Guests enjoyed dancing and singing along to her magnificent presentation, marveling as each of her beautifully made pieces strutted down the runway accompanied by the most incredible works of art. Corein Carter, Forbes, 13 June 2022 The segment reached its merry conclusion with Meyers sporting new, temporary facial tattoos and the pair singing along to the theme from Cheers. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 8 June 2022 The siblings were also spotted waving and dancing along to songs throughout the event. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 June 2022 Activists need to tell a compelling story that brings people along to a new way of thinking and emboldens them to act. Gal Beckerman, The Atlantic, 31 May 2022 See More

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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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26 Jun 2022

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“Along.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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\ ə-ˈlȯŋ How to pronounce along (audio) \

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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