along

preposition
\ ə-ˈlȯŋ \

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

along

adverb

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

ahead, forth, forward, forwards, on, onward (also onwards)

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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

Back in November 2018, it was reported that Kate and William, along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, attended a private dinner for the Royal Foundation. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Held a Secret Meeting with the Royal Foundation," 12 Jan. 2019 Grand armoires are a quintessential French Provincial piece, with detailed trim along the edges. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "French Provincial Design Has Always Set the Bar For Casual Elegance," 11 Jan. 2019 Want to dance around the house in your underwear, while singing along to your favorite song using your hairbrush as a microphone? Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019 In cities across the country, driverless shuttles popped up on college campuses or along tourist corridors, making slow but important trips at around 20 mph. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 But Tuesday, Diaz, along with Robinson Cano, were introduced at a press conference at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., as the newest members of the Mets. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "What’s next for the Mariners’ step back? Or is it, who’s next?," 5 Dec. 2018 The Humboldt penguin, meanwhile, likes to build nests on high ground along the rocky beaches of Chile and Peru. 13. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 Over the course of her career, Ursula K. Le Guin wrote five Earthsea novels in all, along with a smattering of short stories. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out this November," 1 Nov. 2018 And along with revolutionary designs and features, there’s one thing that might be missing from the new phones: a headphone jack. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung may be plotting a Galaxy S10 blitz with 5G, folding screens...and no headphone jack," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

So along with her partner, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, Lee helped pass the No Excuses bill in that state. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 The crowd enjoyed Joel's tunes by singing along and raising lighters in the air. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Billy Joel fans shocked by Bruce Springsteen's appearance at singer's 100th show at Madison Square Garden," 19 July 2018 And, rather than being offered tools to help them succeed, the students were pushed along to the next grade level without being ready or prepared - leading to frustration and oftentimes, isolation. Damar Services, Indianapolis Star, "A peek inside Indiana’s first charter school specializing in serving students with special needs," 10 July 2018 Alto, the kids sing, bajo, up, down, our sons singing along, until the stuffing is beaten out of the piñata and everyone dives on the candy. Anthony Doerr, Town & Country, "True Confessions of a Travel Control Freak," 25 May 2018 Feeling the urge to help things along is only natural, which is why a next-level culture of cleansing is rising to meet the demand in 2019. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "What’s the Best Way to Cleanse? A Guide to Detoxing in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 The buoyant opening theme for strings skips along cheerfully, not just at the work’s outset, but in its final restatement. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "Uncertain Tempo," 31 Dec. 2018 Transfer skillet to oven along with potatoes and roast until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are golden brown and tender, 6 to 8 minutes more; transfer chicken and garlic to a cutting board. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Chicken and Garlic Potatoes with Red Pepper Relish," 19 Dec. 2018 The effect is something of a gale force, sweeping you along and compelling you to nod your head, without a lot of time to wonder what’s been left off the screen. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "In Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore spares no one — especially self-satisfied liberals," 7 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'along.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of along

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for along

Preposition

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

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along

preposition

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)

along

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of along (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a forward direction

: at or to an advanced point

: at a particular place : here or there

along

preposition
\ ə-ˈlȯŋ \

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.

along

adverb

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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