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along Syllabification: a·long
Pronunciation: /əˈlôNG/

Definition of along in English:


1Moving in a constant direction on (a path or any more or less horizontal surface): soon we were driving along a narrow road he saw Gary run along the top of the wall [as adverb]: she sailed along we continued to plod along
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  • The oxen continued to plod along the dusty prairie.
  • Instead we found ourselves trundling everywhere in a clapped-out truck along roads with challenging surfaces.
  • Further on, ignore some steps to the left and continue along the top of the gorge.
down, from one end of —— to the other
onward, on, ahead, forward, forth
1.1Used metaphorically to refer to the passage of time or the making of progress: they can be helped along the road to modernity we passed along snatches of information you’ll pick up some valuable tips along the way [as adverb]: they asked how the construction was coming along
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  • I was hesitant about passing along this information for two reasons.
  • Her plan puts the onus on landlords to collect the information and pass it along to the city every time a new tenant moves in.
  • I know that the quality of the food is not her area, but I asked her to pass the information along for me.
on, at a point on, in the course of
2Extending in a more or less horizontal line on: cars were parked along the grass border the path along the cliff hotels are springing up all along the coast
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  • They line the grass verge along the roadside, proudly displaying flags and banners.
  • In severe years the sea ice extends along the north coast, and in extremely severe years it reaches the south coast.
  • The wall was eventually extended along the border between East and West Germany.
beside, by the side of, on the edge of, alongside


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1In or into company with others: he had brought along a friend of his I went along to see Ray
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  • At school and after Eric was a great sprinter and he brought along his old vest from his days with the Town Athletic Club.
  • So if you plan to take your pet along for the trip this summer, here’s what you should keep in mind before heading out.
  • Naturally she went along to see who it was, and it turned out to be a cousin of mine.
as company, with one, to accompany one, as a partner
1.1At hand; with one: take along a camcorder when you visit
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  • For emergency preparedness, take along a survival kit of supplies.
  • We took along a laptop computer and a digital camera to provide updates of each day's progress.


Old English andlang; related to long1.


along about

informal or dialect Around about (a specified time or date): he generally leaves there along about daylight
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  • That was along about maybe 2001, and I'd come to the Senate, been there for about five or six months.
  • When Sedgwick left, along about midnight, Patterson and John Owens remained, and I finally got to bed a little after two o'clock.
  • They do, however, need help along about now so I would suggest a very light application of a controlled release fertiliser.

along of

archaic or dialect
1On account of: the trouble I’ve had along of that lady’s crankiness
2With: you’ll have to make a break for it along of me

along the lines (of)

In conformity with: a highway patrol organized along the lines of the New Jersey State Police
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  • Community Beat Managers offer a different style of policing, along the lines of the old style community bobby.
  • We need to be willing to engage in national exercises for disaster contingency, along the lines of the office fire drill.
  • Anyway, the text said something along the lines of ‘send me an email, it will be easier’.

along with

In company with or at the same time as: I was chosen, along with twelve other artists
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  • A hole five metres by four and two metres deep had been dug, along with trenches on either side.
  • Volunteers will be given a free compost bin along with a small kitchen collection bin.
  • There were two supermarket trolleys in the pond along with plastic bags and litter.
together with, accompanying, accompanied by;
at the same time as;
as well as, in addition to, plus, besides

be (or come) along

Arrive: she’ll be along soon a chance like this doesn’t come along every day
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  • He'd be along soon and I knew he'd love to see them up close.
  • Another health scare will doubtless be along soon.
  • Oh, they are sure to be along one day soon - aren't they?

Words that rhyme with along

belong, bong, chaise longue, Geelong, gong, Guangdong, Haiphong, Heilong, Hong Kong, Jong, King Kong, long, mah-jong, Mao Zedong, Mekong, nong, pong, prolong, sarong, Shillong, song, souchong, strong, thong, throng, tong, Vietcong, wrong

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