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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

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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 vote fell largely along party lines: 229-202, with nine Republicans voting with Democrats. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 21 Oct. 2021 Cunningham is coming along as one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC and the offensive line has improved mightily from its early struggles. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 20 Oct. 2021 All along the west side of the house is a long glass wall that looks out to the Catskill Mountains. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 There’s always an early group that comes along and frequently become leaders of the group. Stephen Means, cleveland, 19 Oct. 2021 The hurricane impact will peter out and even though shortages continue to hamstring various parts of the economy, the recovery is coming along steadily. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 18 Oct. 2021 White, who wrote, directed and co-executive produced the first season of White Lotus, recently spoke to TVLine about the direction the second season was taking –– and who might be along for the ride. Dan Heching,, 16 Oct. 2021 Parents, fans and cheerleaders came onto the field to celebrate along with several members from the team that started the streak 15 years before Smith was even born. Tyson Alger For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 16 Oct. 2021 Julie Madsen, Medline’s vice president of talent acquisition, said along with paying higher salaries and advertising creatively, the company holds nationwide hiring events. Steve Sadin,, 15 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Interesting facts: Supports the largest free CPR training in San Antonio along with supporting San Antonio charities. San Antonio Express-News, 22 Oct. 2021 Both players were among five Ravens - along with linebacker Justin Houston, cornerback Jimmy Smith and defensive tackle Brandon Williams - missing practice Thursday. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 22 Oct. 2021 In that time, Honeywell China’s revenue has grown along with the nation’s economy, from $360 million to more than $6 billion last year—a sixth of Honeywell’s global revenue. Trefor Moss, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 Michael Rotenberg and Nicholas Frenkel executive produce on behalf of 3 Arts along with Jason Altman, Danielle Kreinik and Gérard Guillemot for Ubisoft Film & Television. Joe Otterson, Variety, 21 Oct. 2021 For the past year, businesses have had to struggle along with everyone else, all because of the global novel coronavirus pandemic. Andy Audate, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Mize has invited JD Green to the online sing-along. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 12 Oct. 2021 Or, go bigger by inviting a few friends along, or bigger yet by organizing a cleanup day for your community. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 24 Sep. 2021 The short-sleeve shirt was back the next year — which appears to have been when the videos turned into a fundraising effort — plus a sing-along by members of the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir. Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2021

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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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24 Oct 2021

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“Along.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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