along·​side | \ ə-ˈlȯŋ-ˈsīd How to pronounce alongside (audio) \

Definition of alongside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : along the side : in parallel position
2 : at the side : close by a guard with a prisoner alongside



Definition of alongside (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : along the side of the boat docked alongside the pier
b : beside sense 1 standing alongside me
2a : in company with men she has been working alongside— Richard Halloran
b : in addition to a special category alongside the awards it annually presentsHorizon

Examples of alongside in a Sentence

Adverb We waited for the other boat to come alongside. Preposition The children work alongside their parents in the field. Bring the boat alongside the dock. one theory taught alongside the other The town grew up alongside the college.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb In Europe, that was largely due to a switch in power generation: gas overtook coal, and even wind power was nearly drawing alongside coal as a source of power. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "Energy emissions plateaued in 2019, as advanced economies gave up coal," 11 Feb. 2020 The large-bodied Asian tyrannosaur group—that eventually yielded T. rex—lived alongside huge plant-eating dinosaurs, including the long-necked sauropods. Jared Voris, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 10 Feb. 2020 The words took on added meaning that night, and even more so as the Sheen Center sits alongside a Planned Parenthood clinic where abortions are performed. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Sister Calling My Name May Just Restore Your Hope for Humanity," 3 Feb. 2020 The driver with the second-best time will start alongside on the front row. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "Daytona Speedweeks: Key information for Daytona 500 pole qualifying, the Clash and the Duels," 2 Feb. 2020 Feldstein of Booksmart and Lady Bird will star as Lewkinsky alongside Owen as Clinton, and Paulson as Lewinsky confidante Linda Tripp. Nick Romano,, "Billy Eichner joins American Crime Story: Impeachment as Matt Drudge," 22 Jan. 2020 French culture minister Franck Riester and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo attended the unveiling of the new office alongside Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Netflix is launching a charm offensive in France to win over film purists," 19 Jan. 2020 Yet right alongside, cars ripped by at 80 mph on Interstate 5, the drivers with nary a clue of the scene unfolding so nearby. Tom Stienstra,, "Waterfowl fill sky in winter spectacle," 22 Jan. 2020 Instead, they had been packed in a box, without water, with the vase packed alongside, delivered by a regular package courier. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Should she tell boyfriend the flowers he sent were shoddy?," 18 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition In the audience of numerous supporters were some Republicans on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, many of whom have welcomed Coulter after serving alongside him during his years on the county board. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County Executive gives first state of the county speech after Dems take control," 13 Feb. 2020 Angie Haywood, assistant director of planning and public engagement at the DNR, worked alongside her for 15 of those years. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "First woman to lead Indiana's wildlife division: 'It's not just those who hunt and fish'," 10 Feb. 2020 Google is using crowd-sourcing and user surveys to estimate this information, which will appear alongside public transit routes. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google celebrates Maps' 15th 'birthday' with new features and design," 6 Feb. 2020 Other contentious issues that arise might be parked alongside it. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "How Trump’s Tariff Threats Are Hustling Global Tax Reform," 3 Feb. 2020 In 2018 Boeing pitched a new version, the F-15EX, not as a replacement for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter but to operate alongside it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After Nearly 20 Years, the Air Force Will Fly Brand New F-15s," 29 Jan. 2020 Haleyi went public with her allegations at an October 2017 news conference, appearing in front of cameras alongside lawyer Gloria Allred, who also represents Sciorra and other Weinstein accusers. Michael R. Sisak, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I’m being raped’: Weinstein accuser details alleged assault in court," 28 Jan. 2020 The next day, as Abdullah drove into a student parking lot at San Diego State University, Gonzalez pulled up alongside him and identified himself as FBI. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Operation Encore and the Saudi Connection: A Secret History of the 9/11 Investigation," 23 Jan. 2020 In 1990, Orlando took control of Alemão in a bloody raid, with Martins fighting alongside him. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of alongside


1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of alongside was in 1704

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“Alongside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of alongside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: along or close at the side



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

: next to (someone or something)
: along the side of (something)
: at the same time as (something) : together with (something)


along·​side | \ ə-ˈlȯŋ-ˌsīd How to pronounce alongside (audio) \

Kids Definition of alongside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: along or by the side Walk alongside your sister.



Kids Definition of alongside (Entry 2 of 2)

: parallel to Bring the boats alongside the dock.

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