WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
a•long /əˈlɔŋ, əˈlɑŋ/USA pronunciation
prep. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- over the length or direction of;
in a line with:walking along the highway at night.
- in the course of: I lost my hat along the way.
- in conformity or accordance with: Let's keep going along the lines we proposed earlier.
- parallel:He ran along beside me.
- so as to go forward or progress;
- as a companion;
with one: She took her brother along.
- from one person or place to another:The order was passed along.
- toward a goal or completion:The work is coming along quite nicely.
- as an accompanying item: Bring along your umbrella.
- Idiomsall along, from the start:has been hiding something all along.
- Idiomsalong with:
- together with;
at the same time as:They escaped along with a few other prisoners.
- in cooperation or company with:He planned the project along with his associates.
- Idioms be along, [no object] Informal. to arrive at a place: They should be along soon.
(ə lông′, ə long′),USA pronunciation prep.
- through, on, beside, over, or parallel to the length or direction of;
from one end to the other of:to walk along a highway; to run a border along a shelf.
in the course of:Somewhere along the way I lost my hat.
- in conformity or accordance with:I plan to revise the article along the lines suggested.
- by the length;
parallel to or in a line with the length or direction:He ran along beside me.
- with a progressive motion;
onward:The police ordered the line to move along.
- (of time) some way on:along toward evening.
- in company;
in agreement (usually fol. by with):I'll go along with you. He planned the project along with his associates.
- as a companion;
with one:She took her brother along.
- from one person or place to another:The order was passed along from the general to the captain and from the captain to a private.
- at or to an advanced place or state:Work on the new ship is quite far along.
- as an accompanying item;
on hand:Bring along your umbrella.
- all along, all the time;
throughout:I knew all along that it was a lie.
- Dialect Termsalong of, [Chiefly Southern U.S.]and Brit. Dial.
- owing to;
because of:We weren't invited, along of your rudeness.
- in company with:You come along of me to the store.
- be along, [Informal.]to arrive at a place;
come:They should be along soon.
- get along. See get (def. 33).
- bef. 900; Middle English; Old English andlang, equivalent. to and- (cognate with Old Saxon, Old Norse and-, Gothic and(a)-, Old High German ant-, prefix with origin, originally sense "facing''; compare answer) + lang long1
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along /əˈlɒŋ/ prep
- over or for the length of, esp in a more or less horizontal plane: along the road
Etymology: Old English andlang, from and- against + lang long1; compare Old Frisian andlinga, Old Saxon antlangUSAGE
- continuing over the length of some specified thing
- in accompaniment; together with some specified person or people: he says he'd like to come along
- forward: the horse trotted along at a steady pace
- to a more advanced state: he got the work moving along
- along with ⇒ accompanying; together with: consider the advantages along with the disadvantages
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