Definition of along in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlɒŋ/

preposition& adverb

1Moving in a constant direction on (a more or less horizontal surface): [as preposition]: soon we were driving along a narrow road he saw Gray run along the top of the wall [as adverb]: 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, throughout the length of, from one end of … to the other, through, across
onwards, on, ahead, forward(s), further
1.1Used to refer to the passage of time or the making of progress: [as preposition]: 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 middle of;
in the course of, during
2 [preposition] Extending in a more or less horizontal line on: cars were parked along the grass verge the path along the cliff
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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, next to, adjacent to, close by, in a line by, one after the other by
3 [adverb] In or into company with others: he had brought along a friend of his
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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, in company



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, in company with;
at the same time as;
as well as, in addition to, plus, coupled with, added to, besides, on top of

be (or come) along

Arrive: she’ll be along soon
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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?


Old English andlang, of West Germanic origin; related to long1.

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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