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along

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Pronunciation: /əˈlɒŋ
 
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Definition of along in English:

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
2 [preposition] Extending in a more or less horizontal line on: cars were parked along the grass verge the path along the cliff
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
as company, with one, to accompany one, as a partner, in company

Origin

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

Phrases

along with

1
In company with or at the same time as: I was chosen, along with twelve other artists
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

be (or come) along

2
Arrive: she’ll be along soon
More example sentences
  • 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?

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