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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

Three days later, a jogger discovered April's body about 20 miles north in a ditch along a country road in DeKalb County. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana child killer who taunted police featured on Investigation Discovery," 13 July 2018 Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park What: Drive along a gravel road to spot bears, wolves and other wildlife. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018 In March, the town teamed up with the state Department of Agriculture to purchase the development rights to 50 acres of farmland along Pleasant Valley Road and Main Street. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "South Windsor Seeking An Additional $2 Million For Open Space Preservation," 12 July 2018 Those projects would connect with a new light rail line along Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta, though the Campbellton line would start as BRT before being converted to rail. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Atlanta Beltline group pushes MARTA for funding of full rail loop," 12 July 2018 Turn left, cross under Highway 101 to Conzelman, and bear left to parking along the road. Tom Stienstra,, "’Tis the season for ‘Dancing with Fog’," 12 July 2018 Almost 28 acres along River Road that was once part of the Martin Marietta mining operation is now part of the city of Fairfield. Sue Kiesewetter,, "Fairfield annexes 28 acres from township for Marsh Park expansion," 11 July 2018 Vince Lewis says Knight's body was found along a road near a construction site. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight found dead," 10 July 2018 The fire broke out around 11:45 a.m. in an open area along Old River Road near Little Gopher Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. Pauline Repard,, "Firefighters halt small brush fire in Bonsall," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Like Caruana, the young Slovakian died at home where he was shot along with his partner. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Murder trial begins for young woman who shot aspiring rapper in Cinco Ranch home," 12 July 2018 Bank stocks in recent years have appreciated along with a rise in long-term interest rates, outperforming the broader market over much of that time. Simon Constable, WSJ, "What’s Driving Bank Stocks?," 8 July 2018 Follow along all day as the Arizona Republic brings you to the madness, sightings and fun of summer league. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer League live day two: A mad dash kicks off the day," 7 July 2018 Luke had to follow along, dribbling with his right hand for those four or five blocks. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Luke Kennard was groomed to be NBA player — by his dad," 17 June 2018 Follow along all day as these two superstars duel it out at TPC Sawgrass. Scooby Axson,, "Live Blog: Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth Playing Together on Sunday at the Players," 13 May 2018 Follow along below for the latest updates: Dozens protest outside Trump golf resorts Dozens of protesters have rallied outside Mr. Trump's golf resorts in Scotland to protest his visit. CBS News, "10,000 protest Trump in Edinburgh, Scotland -- live updates," 14 July 2018 The new track dropped along with a music video directed by Jake Stark. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Good Charlotte Releases Poignant New Single 'Shadowboxer': Watch," 13 July 2018 On Thursday morning, Antonio Gonzalez said he and his son were then placed in an unmarked white van, driven to the Greyhound bus station and then released by immigration authorities along with two other fathers from Guatemala and their two sons. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "Trump administration issues new asylum rules aimed at families arriving at border," 13 July 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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The first known use of along was before the 12th century

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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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alleviating pain or harshness

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