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

This, along with the smashing success of Wonder Woman, should put an end to any doubts that female superheroes can't sell at the box office. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Captain Marvel Broke Box Office Records With a $455 Million Opening Weekend," 11 Mar. 2019 And along with those exclusives, of course, came more controversy. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "The Epic Games Store won't always push for exclusives 'at this scale'," 21 Mar. 2019 Since Riverdale’s 2016 premiere and, obviously, along with some hard work, Camila is surely getting the hang of Hollywood. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Turned an Internship Into Her Starring "Riverdale" Role," 8 Jan. 2019 In a mirror of the original show, DJ enlists Stephanie, along with her best friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber) to live with her and help raise her children. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "All About Hallmark Star Jodie Sweetin's Difficult Journey to Find Love After Divorce," 15 Dec. 2018 Mike Pence had watched and wanted to send along his congratulations. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA does it again by landing safely on Mars—something no one else has done," 26 Nov. 2018 Piccioli has already started work on the casting, with help from stylist Joe McKenna, the famed Azzedine Alaïa whisperer who is part of Piccioli’s starry show team along with makeup maven Pat McGrath and hairdresser Guido Palau. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Private World of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli," 3 Mar. 2019 Each creature comes with an attack and defense rating in the bottom right corner, which signals how powerful the creature is, along with additional abilities listed on the card. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 New York favorites like Shake Shack and La Chula, an offshoot of Julian Medina’s Harlem bar and taqueria, are here, along with an Irving Farm coffee bar, known for its specialty roasts. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "LaGuardia Airport Is Slowly Getting Better, Starting With Terminal B," 5 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Oregon was early to this trend, but everyone else is following along now. Sean Illing, Vox, "How corporate cash bought higher education," 14 Nov. 2018 Notably, Meghan is feeling well and is at least 12 weeks along, and both the royals and Meghan's mother Doria and delighted. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Having a Boy or a Girl?," 22 Oct. 2018 The Duchess of Sussex is reportedly about 12 weeks along, and the baby is due in the spring. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Chic Navy Dion Lee Dress and Gucci Bag in Melbourne During Royal Tour," 17 Oct. 2018 But even as the acclaimed first season chugged along, the slow dread that set in wasn’t solely one of social despair — it was based in the realization that the series, which had been quickly renewed for another season, might be running out of story. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Is Brutal and Not Much Else," 11 July 2018 Punish it, as some have tried, and its officials move right along, lying, denying and obfuscating. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Don't let Russia's World Cup success obscure history of cheating," 2 July 2018 Get guys on base, move them along, put pressure on the defense and get out in front of the game. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Gloucester Catholic wins second straight state baseball title," 9 June 2018 To read along in such a chronicle is like watching an expert carver give shape to something otherwise formless or burdened by a profusion of material. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘Becoming Lincoln’ Review: The Center That Held," 15 Feb. 2019 In reality, having a healthy relationship with food involves indulging along with being flexible and kind to yourself. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "8 Signs It’s Time to See a Therapist About Your Relationship With Food," 29 Jan. 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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The first known use of along was before the 12th century

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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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