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along Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb with a forward motion
    • we drove along admiring the view
    • the horse trotted along at a steady pace
    • the circus traveled on to the next city
    • move along
    • march on
  2. adverb in accompaniment or as a companion
    • his little sister came along to the movies
    • I brought my camera along
    • working along with his father
  3. adverb to a more advanced state
    • the work is moving along
    • well along in their research
    • hurrying their education along
    • getting along in years
  4. adverb in addition (usually followed by `with')
    • we sent them food and some clothing went along in the package
    • along with the package came a bill
    • consider the advantages along with the disadvantages
  5. adverb in line with a length or direction (often followed by `by' or `beside')
    • pass the word along
    • ran along beside me
    • cottages along by the river

A*long" adverb
OE. along, anlong, AS. andlang, along; pref. and- (akin to OFris. ond-, OHG. ant-, Ger. ent-, Goth. and-, anda-, L. ante, Gr. , Skr. anti, over against) + lang long. See Long.
  1. By the length; in a line with the length; lengthwise.
    Some laid along . . . on spokes of wheels are hung. Dryden.
  2. In a line, or with a progressive motion; onward; forward.
    We will go along by the king's highway. Numb. xxi. 22.
    He struck with his o'ertaking wings, And chased us south along. Coleridge.
  3. In company; together.
    He to England shall along with you. Shak.
A*long" preposition
  1. By the length of, as distinguished from across. "Along the lowly lands." Dryden.
    The kine . . . went along the highway. 1 Sam. vi. 12.
AS. gelang owing to.
  1. (Now heard only in the prep. phrase along of.)

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

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