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 That said, Chris Bosh has opted for Pat Riley and Ray Allen, two members of his Heat past, to stand alongside as presenters for his enshrinement next weekend in Springfield. Ira Winderman,, 5 Sep. 2021 Another economy runs silently, invisibly alongside—or, more accurate, underneath—the academy’s official economy of prestige. Kevin J.h. Dettmar, The Atlantic, 2 Sep. 2021 These eel-like parasites destroy their prey by swimming up alongside and then latching onto the fish with suction-cup mouths. Dan Egan,, 2 Sep. 2021 Peay noted having Joe by his side has helped Noel adjust to playing alongside much older teammates., 22 Aug. 2021 And other respiratory illnesses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), are already showing up alongside COVID-19. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2021 Top broccoli with breadcrumbs and serve with tomato jam alongside. Kate Merker, Country Living, 11 Aug. 2021 But the owner stands proudly alongside in his undershirt. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Serve extra cookies, still in their crisp state, alongside. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition By the time the U.S. troops reached Hungnam, throngs of people had already arrived at the port, hoping to flee the violence as Chinese troops, fighting alongside the North’s forces, closed in., 6 Sep. 2021 Her opposition colleague, lawyer Maxim Znak, 40, who stood trial alongside her, was sentenced to 10 years. Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2021 Panjshir, which is controlled by the National Resistance Front, a reincarnation of the Northern Alliance rebel group that fought alongside U.S. forces during the 2001 invasion, held out even as the rest of Afghanistan fell to the Taliban last month. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 And, while Biden's evacuation included over 100,000 Afghans vulnerable to the Taliban or who had assisted the U.S. during the 20-year war, Trump had no real plan to help those Afghan who had worked alongside U.S. forces. Jonathan Karl, ABC News, 3 Sep. 2021 William is understood to have known the man — who has not been named — after training alongside him at Sandhurst Military Academy in 2006. Simon Perry,, 3 Sep. 2021 Having started all four pre-season games alongside her in midfield, club captain Katie Zelem has also been impressed. Asif Burhan, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Britain concluded its own evacuation mission from Afghanistan on Saturday, with its last remaining diplomatic staff pulled out alongside military forces. Saskya Vandoorne And Laura Smith-spark, CNN, 29 Aug. 2021 In the caption alongside the post, Ramirez begged his followers to read the post carefully. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 26 Aug. 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 20 Sep. 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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