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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

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

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Examples of along in a Sentence


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.


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

Jennifer Otten Schmeiser, Evanston, Ill. Northern Exposure, which ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, captured the ludicrousness of life and flashes of magic along the way. Julie Meister, The Christian Science Monitor, "What are you watching? Readers choose their favorite sitcoms," 6 July 2018 All of the fraternities are stationed in brownstones along Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street, near Kenmore Square and the easternmost part of Boston University’s campus. J.d. Capelouto,, "2 arrested following series of burglaries at MIT fraternity houses," 13 July 2018 Dance along Fifth Avenue during Cityfest 2018 on Aug. 12. Carolina Gusman,, "San Diego Comic-Con 2018: 15 free things to do before and after Comic-Con around San Diego County," 13 July 2018 In mid-June, workers started installing storm sewers along Chicago Avenue between Garfield and Oak streets. Kimberly Fornek,, "Oak Street Bridge and Chicago Avenue in Hinsdale to close for construction," 12 July 2018 Have a look at Bear Creek, see the old white Morrison Chapel and browse the shops along Bear Creek Avenue, the main street. Christopher Reynolds,, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 Investigators believe the Durango was one of two vehicles that ran over Greg Atwood, 40, who had been lying along Georgia Avenue early June 8. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "This flaming 8-ball decal may help solve a hit-and-run mystery," 12 July 2018 Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL volunteering to work on the rescue died Friday while replenishing oxygen canisters placed along the escape route. Anchorage Daily News, "With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom," 12 July 2018 Sunset watching Where: Saganashkee Slough, along 104th Avenue, just south of 107th Street in Palos Township; Lake Katherine, 7402 Lake Katherine Dr., Palos Heights; Lake Sedgewick, 15600 West Ave., Orland Park. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "People gather at waterfronts to watch the sun set on the Southland," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Blue Freedom Farm Market from Sterling is also returning along with Six Generations Farm from Barrington. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "New offerings to highlight opening day of Aurora farmers market," 4 June 2018 The canvases in the museum are along much the same lines. Steve Rubenstein,, "Legal clock ticking for Dalí museum in Monterey," 10 July 2018 The impetus was Russia’s annexation earlier that year of Crimea from Ukraine and Moscow’s stoking of military unrest in Ukraine’s east—along with longtime pressure from Washington, which Mr. Trump ratcheted up. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "NATO, Under Fire From Trump, to Trumpet Its Heightened Readiness," 6 July 2018 Sensing things aren’t moving along, soldiers are sent into the area to stir up violence, but some people still just want to help others survive. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The First Purge' Leans In to Political Chaos to Sell Horror," 5 July 2018 Although complex in nature, the transition is moving along as planned. Josh Kovner,, "Medical Director Resigns From State's Embattled Prison Health System After 3 Months On Job," 13 June 2018 Veterans will need their military ID to take advantage of most of these, so be sure to bring that along as the corporate world takes a moment to show its appreciation for your service. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Memorial Day 2018 Deals: Best Freebies and Discounts for Veterans," 25 May 2018 Hire a killer band - Richie's four-piece outfit produced as much sound as the unnecessary orchestras that some stars tow along. Doug Maccash,, "How to be as cool as Lionel Richie at Jazz Fest 2018," 4 May 2018 Sport, though, have put out a report claiming the former's story is inaccurate and that everything is moving along smoothly., "Conflicting Reports Over Andres Iniesta's Future Emerge Amid Talk of Proposed Move to China," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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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

: at or to an advanced point

: at a particular place : here or there


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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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