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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 withwalked to school along with her friends
b : in association used with withwork along with colleagues
4a : sometime within a specified or implied extent of time usually used with aboutalong about July 17
b : at or to an advanced point plans are far along
5 : in addition : also usually used with witha 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The chief executive has in his corner Messrs. Page and Brin, who remain on Alphabet’s board and in effective control of the company thanks to shares that give them, along with former Chief Executive Eric Schmidt , disproportionate voting power. Brent Kendall And Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google," 20 Oct. 2020 Data from the American Public Media Research Lab similarlyshow that Asian Americans, along with whites, have the lowest Covid-19 death rates in the country. NBC News, "Why the Asian American Covid data picture is so incomplete," 20 Oct. 2020 Most adoptees have not found parents, but forged unexpected connections along the way. Bhavya Dore, Quartz, "Despite mixed results, south Asian adoptees turn to DNA tests," 20 Oct. 2020 He's won 41 times so far this year and rebuilt a devout fanbase along the way. CBS News, "NASCAR reinstates Kyle Larson after he was suspended for using the n-word," 20 Oct. 2020 The process of voting absentee is straightforward, with protections along the way to ensure the security and integrity of your ballot, say local and national elections experts. Detroit Free Press, "The Michiganders' guide to voting in the 2020 election," 19 Oct. 2020 Instead, Stuff explained, travelers can take a self-driving tour for five kilometers (about three miles) up the road and visit several lookout points, and can even stop to feed some animals along the way. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This 'Lord of the Rings' Filming Location in New Zealand Is Reopening to Tourists After 11 Years," 19 Oct. 2020 It’s the teachers who get taught along the way—who find, in the struggle for survival amid the crossfire of two hostile powers, lessons that don’t come from their books. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Wunderkind Iranian Director Who Stopped Making Films," 19 Oct. 2020 Finding internal balance is a process with many different phases, and these tunes, ranging from from moody pop to cocky rap, might help you along the way,. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "New Music To Know: Getcha Mind Right," 19 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The Federal Aviation Administration is further along in its review, but hasn’t commented on when the Max might operate in the U.S. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "American Airlines to bring back the 737 Max on a Miami-to-New York flight," 19 Oct. 2020 The Federal Aviation Administration is further along in its review, but hasn’t commented on when the Max might operate in the U.S. Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg.com, "American to Debut 737 Max on Miami-NYC Flight in December," 18 Oct. 2020 The market decline detected by Dr. Keys and Mr. Mulder appeared to be furthest along in the cycle in Miami-Dade County. Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, "Florida Sees Signals of a Climate-Driven Housing Crisis," 12 Oct. 2020 Remdesivir is further along in the trial phase and has been approved by the FDA for emergency use, meaning it can be used by hospitals with federal approval outside clinical trials. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Most drugs Trump got for COVID-19 are available locally but are used more sparingly," 7 Oct. 2020 That’s a disappointment for many who expected the region to be further along. Washington Post, "Coronavirus cases are likely to rebound in the Washington region, officials and experts say," 28 Sep. 2020 Junior outside hitter/middle blocker Sophie Ocampo is also back along with Kaitlyn Morgan, Jordan Rambo and others. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Volleyball: Kingwood hopes to get over area playoff hump," 25 Sep. 2020 China is further along in its recovery, and sales there reflect that. Kim Bhasin, Fortune, "Nike rallies after profits show signs of bouncing back from pandemic," 23 Sep. 2020 For example, Moderna, one of the companies that is furthest along in its phase-three trials, released a 135-page document about that this week. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Jana Riess: Trump’s twisted interpretation of ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ is killing Americans," 21 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of along was before the 12th century

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Along.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/along. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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
\ 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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