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 The enforcement vessels would need an hour at full throttle to pull alongside. New York Times, "Risking Everything to Come to America on the Open Ocean," 28 Jan. 2021 But today my sole companion was a brown pelican who floated alongside, examining me with a bemused look. New York Times, "Escape From the City: 9 Winter Outings That Fight Cabin Fever," 18 Dec. 2020 These are two schools that are nine miles apart, so a lot of talented athletes grew up playing alongside and against each other from an early age. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Rivalry renewed: For Duncanville, DeSoto, there’s a lot on the line in highly-anticipated regional final," 29 Dec. 2020 My faculty and staff are such amazing people to work alongside. Mort Mazor,, "Retired principal has plans for butterfly garden," 24 Dec. 2020 Learn from—and sweat alongside—those high-level pros via Nike’s collection of fitness videos. Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, "21 Best YouTube Workouts for 2021," 24 Dec. 2020 Serve over yogurt topped with pistachios and cookies alongside. Lyda Burnette, Country Living, "Sugared Citrus in Rosemary Syrup," 13 Dec. 2020 According to Harding, tree squirrels are among the more popular forms of small game in Arizona, generally ranking behind or alongside dove, quail and rabbits. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, "How a rare squirrel could reveal changes in a forest ecosystem damaged by wildfire," 4 Dec. 2020 The uncrewed vessel is meant to act as a sort of robotic team member, flying alongside or ahead of a traditional aircraft. Rob Verger And Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "The most daring aerospace innovations of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Friend, a graduate of Alabama, has nearly two decades of coaching experience, including an extensive history in the SEC and working alongside Bobo at various stops along the way. Tom Green |, al, "Meet Bryan Harsin’s 2021 Auburn football staff," 21 Jan. 2021 The idea of working alongside a woman of color appealed to Akers, as did Martin’s chic designs. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Zerina Akers and Keeyahri Just Created the Season’s Must-Have Boots," 15 Jan. 2021 Paton had been with the Vikings for the last 14 years, working alongside GM Rick Spielman. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Several Dolphins players have concerns about Tua Tagovailoa’s future after team missed playoffs: NFL news roundup," 13 Jan. 2021 And vaccines are arriving so heterogeneously that, for some number of months, people who have gotten the shots will be living or working alongside people who are still at risk. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "Yes to Masks. No to Parties. 2021 Will Be a Lot Like 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 Tight ends coach George Godsey, who has taken on a greater role working alongside Tagovailoa on the bench between series, may be the best in-house candidate. Safid Deen,, "One last go for Chan Gailey? Dolphins offensive coordinator focused on Bills finale before looking to future," 29 Dec. 2020 Farther north, in the arid border state of Coahuila, the 32-year-old architect and designer Daniel Valero began his career in 2014 by working alongside serape weavers in his hometown of Saltillo. New York Times, "The Makers Keeping the Ancient Art of Weaving Alive," 11 Feb. 2021 Within months, Yepez was working alongside her Ochsner Health colleagues to treat COVID-positive patients. Amanda Mcelfresh,, "After initial wariness, Ochsner Health nurse proud to show others the potential powers of COVID vaccines," 8 Feb. 2021 Serve with romaine hearts and endive leaves alongside for dipping. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Dip," 3 Feb. 2021

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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 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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