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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 Villanelle, on the other hand, is strutting along as always (Jodie Comer is especially good this season, which is saying something). Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "'Killing Eve' Season 3 Walks a Familiar Road, But With New Hazards," 7 Apr. 2020 From super fragrant old-school garden varieties to vine roses that will creep along your garden wall or fence and help give your garden some structure, there are many varieties to choose from. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "How to Prune Roses the Right Way," 7 Apr. 2020 But this conditioned climate exists in a Smithsonian facility in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, thousands of miles from the birds’ ancestral home along the Caribbean coast of Venezuela. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian Magazine, "Heavily Trafficked Songbirds a Victim of Venezuelan Collapse," 6 Apr. 2020 Terrell is very patient in press along with displaying an impressive ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage in an attempt to disrupt the timing of their routes. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Cowboys trade down for one of the most well-rounded cornerbacks in 7-round mock draft," 6 Apr. 2020 Inherently charming in their simplicity, these historic homes are scattered along the East Coast from the southern and coastal areas of Maine through Connecticut and Rhode Island. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, "What Is a Saltbox House? Learn the Story Behind the Classic New England Style," 3 Apr. 2020 But along with video-streaming comes the potential for harassment. NBC News, "The soft power of New York's China Institute," 2 Apr. 2020 In 2014, researchers successfully revived two of these ancient viruses, which were found 100 feet underground in tundra along the coast. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "The Next Pandemic Could Be Hiding in the Arctic Permafrost," 2 Apr. 2020 In Kenya and on Greek islands, in northwestern Syria and along the U.S.-Mexico border, some fear that an outbreak of a disease even wealthy countries have been unable to halt would prove catastrophic. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "The Threat Refugees Can’t Escape," 2 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb David Cook, Jeff Peden and Scott Miller of Cushman & Wakefield represented Exelon along with Cresa Global brokers Will Condrey, Kayla Black and Ben Sample. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "McCord Development adds 200 acres to Generation Park development," 18 May 2020 And frustration is mounting along with the piles of bottles and cans in home closets and garages. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michiganders can't return cans, bottles. Why not suspend 10-cent deposit?," 18 May 2020 Workers must be screened daily before entering any facilities, which includes having their temperatures taken along with filling out a questionnaire covering symptoms and contact to those with possible coronavirus infections. Fox News, "America reopening: Dozens of states including Michigan, Ohio ease coronavirus restrictions this week," 11 May 2020 Bryant was killed along with eight others, including his teenage daughter, when a helicopter taking them to a youth basketball tournament crashed in the hills of Calabasas on Jan. 26. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "Photos taken at Kobe Bryant crash site should be against the law, California lawmaker says," 5 May 2020 Both cut their hunting teeth in the Era of Rotten Bullets, from which the .30/06 suffered along with every other cartridge. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Why You Can’t Go Wrong with the .30/06," 1 May 2020 This city of about 286,000 is expanding with housing of all kinds, increasing along with the population. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "10 Best Places to Retire in Florida," 28 Apr. 2020 Other European nations are further along in relaxing their restrictions. Amy Forliti And Joseph Wilson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In fits and starts, US, Europe, and beyond are reopening," 26 Apr. 2020 Unnoticed, the Beastie Boys’ MCA snuck on stage with bass in hand and just started playing along. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Beastie Boys Keep It On and On," 24 Apr. 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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10 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Along.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/along. Accessed 25 May. 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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