along

preposition
\ ə-ˈlȯŋ How to pronounce along (audio) \

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

In 2015, the De La Salle Christian Brothers, the Catholic religious teaching organization, along with Christian Brothers at Calvert Hall, bestowed on Mr. Miceli highest honor for a lay colleague, naming him an affiliated member of the Brothers. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "'Augie' Miceli, longtime Calvert Hall football coach and math teacher, dies," 1 July 2019 Menro, a 13-year-old in the sixth grade at Qahraman High School in Kabul, along with 34 other students, sat in the fuselage of the defunct jet on a recent simmering day in June. New York Times, "Bombing Kills Dozens and Hurts Schoolchildren as Taliban Talks Resume," 1 July 2019 Take a scenic drive along Harbor Drive, where tuna seiners once tied up with their catch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Downtown: Hotbed of past glories and future tech," 30 June 2019 Although who knows, maybe getting slimed by Roger Ailes, who, along with Rupert Murdoch, invented Fox News, should be regarded as a badge of honor. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "John McCain's campaign gets slimed and slammed in Showtime series 'The Loudest Voice'," 29 June 2019 Any Roth assets passed along after your death are inherited without income taxes being owed by your beneficiaries. Michael J. Francis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "401K Advisor: Saving in a Roth account may be a better choice for 401(k) participants," 28 June 2019 The bill passed along party lines after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quelled a mini-revolt by progressives and Hispanic lawmakers who sought significant changes to the legislation. Andrew Taylor, Fortune, "$4.5 Billion Border Aid Bill Sets Up Showdown With Republican-Led Senate," 26 June 2019 Now non-Duchenne laughter, along with its dark side, appeared: strategic, calculated, and even derisory and aggressive. Giovanni Sabato, Scientific American, "What’s So Funny? The Science of Why We Laugh," 26 June 2019 The drive along State Highway 61 from Duluth to the Canadian border is postcard perfect. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The Golden State Warriors traded small forward Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies along with protected first-round picks in the 2024 and 2025 NBA Draft. Justin Spears, azcentral, "Golden State Warriors trade Andre Iguodala to Memphis Grizzlies," 1 July 2019 Anyway, a lot of superheroes along with half of the living beings in the universe were vaporized by a purple-faced villain with a corrugated chin. New York Times, "Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Is the Latest Iron Man Movie," 27 June 2019 Those children along with all their fellow passengers were lost forever. Chandrima Chakraborty, Quartz India, "Canada’s indifference to the 1985 Air India bombing is disturbing," 24 June 2019 Al was a devoted family man who along with Fran, his wife of 65 years, raised a large and loving family in their home next door to Fran's childhood home -- Tricka Farm on Main Street. courant.com, "Alexander W. Dzialo," 20 June 2019 At its center is HYM, which along with an investment partner spent $155 million in 2017 to buy the track, about two-thirds of which sits in Boston, with one-third in Revere. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Designing a neighborhood from scratch: The stakes are high at Suffolk Downs," 17 June 2019 Rounding out the honor roll are three lifters who placed second in their respective weight classes: Jazmin Peterman, Kaylin White and Taylor Woods; along with state placers Jada St. Cyr and Jillian Lawrenson. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Jefferson sets records as girls weightlifter of the year," 13 June 2019 Even better than the Finnish version, this easy-to-assemble drying rack has hooks to hold utensils, pots, and pans along with side pockets sized to fit cutting boards, chopsticks, and even your go-to reusable straws. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "The Finnish Cleaning Method Will Forever Change the Way You Dry Dishes," 7 June 2019 Moving right along, Antonoff and Bareilles came out to present Martin Bandier with the visionary leadership award, calling him a champion, fighting on behalf of the songwriters and artists. Ed Christman, Billboard, "At 50, Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony Focuses on Creator Recognition With Star-Studded Event," 14 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for along

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
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

along

preposition
\ 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.

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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