1

along

play
preposition \ ə-ˈlȯŋ \

Definition of along

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

Examples of along in a Sentence

  1. We walked along the beach.

  2. The chairs were lined up along the wall.

  3. The ship sailed along the coast.

  4. We drove to Boston and we stopped along the way for lunch.

Origin and Etymology of along

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


2

along

adverb

Definition of along

1 :forward, on
  • move along
2 :from one to another
  • word was passed along
3 a :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
4 a :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

Examples of along in a Sentence

  1. We walked along beside the road.

  2. I was just walking along, minding my own business.

  3. The police told the people in the crowd to move along.

  4. We looked at the houses as we drove along.

  5. Plans for a new stadium are already pretty far along.

Recent Examples of along from the Web

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First Known Use of along

14th century

along Synonyms

Synonyms
ahead, forth, forward, forwards, on, onward (also onwards)
Related Words
before, fore, frontward (or frontwards)
Near Antonyms
back, backward (or backwards), behind, rearward (also rearwards)

ALONG Defined for English Language Learners

along

play
preposition

Definition of along for English Language Learners

  • : in a line matching the length or direction of (something)

  • : at a point on (something)


along

adverb

Definition of along for English Language Learners

  • : in a forward direction

  • : at or to an advanced point

  • : at a particular place : here or there


ALONG Defined for Kids

1

along

play
preposition \ ə-ˈlȯŋ \

Definition of along for Students

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

2

along

adverb

Definition of along for Students

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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