along


along
a|long1 W1S1 [əˈlɔŋ US əˈlo:ŋ] adv
1.) going forward
I was driving along, thinking about Chris.
a group of children walking along in a line
2.) go/come along
to go or come to a place where something is happening
You're welcome to come along if you like.
I think I'll go along and watch the game.
3.) take/bring sb/sth along
to take someone or something with you to a place
Mandy brought some of her friends along.
Why don't you take your guitar along?
4.) be/come along
to arrive
Another bus should be along in a minute.
Every so often, a band comes along that changes music history.
5.) come/go/get along
to improve, develop, or make progress
After a five-hour operation, Wendy is coming along just fine.
6.) along with sb/sth
together with someone or something else
Dunne was murdered, along with three guards.
7.) all along
all the time from the beginning, while something was happening
They should have known all along that she was lying.
along 2
along2 W1S1 prep
[: Old English; Origin: andlang, from and- 'against' + lang 'long']
1.) from one place on something such as a line, road, or edge towards the other end of it
We were driving along Follyfoot Road.
She glanced anxiously along the line of faces.
He slid his hand along her arm.
2.) forming a line beside something long
The palm trees along the shore swayed in the wind.
the toolbar along the top of your screen
There were cheering crowds all along Pennsylvania Avenue.
3.) a particular distance away, on or beside something long such as a line, road, edge etc
Hugo's house was about two hundred yards away along the main street.
The bathroom is just along (=a short distance along) the corridor.
4.) along the way/line
during a process or experience, or during someone's life
I've been lucky, but I've had my share of heartbreak along the way.

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  • along — [ə lôŋ′] prep. [ME < OE andlang, along, by the side of < and , over against + lang, in length: see LONG1] 1. on or beside the length of; over or throughout the length of [we hiked along the trail; along the driveway there is a hedge] 2. in… …   English World dictionary

  • Along — A*long (?; 115), adv. [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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Along — A*long [AS. gelang owing to.] (Now heard only in the prep. phrase {along of}.) [1913 Webster] {Along of}, {Along on}, often shortened to {Long of}, prep. phr., owing to; on account of. [Obs. or Low. Eng.] On me is not along thin evil fare.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Along of — Along A*long [AS. gelang owing to.] (Now heard only in the prep. phrase {along of}.) [1913 Webster] {Along of}, {Along on}, often shortened to {Long of}, prep. phr., owing to; on account of. [Obs. or Low. Eng.] On me is not along thin evil fare.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Along on — Along A*long [AS. gelang owing to.] (Now heard only in the prep. phrase {along of}.) [1913 Webster] {Along of}, {Along on}, often shortened to {Long of}, prep. phr., owing to; on account of. [Obs. or Low. Eng.] On me is not along thin evil fare.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • along — ► PREPOSITION & ADVERB 1) moving in a constant direction on (a more or less horizontal surface). 2) extending in a more or less horizontal line on. 3) in or into company with others. ● along with Cf. ↑along with ● be (or come) along …   English terms dictionary

  • Along — A*long , prep. By the length of, as distinguished from across. Along the lowly lands. Dryden. [1913 Webster] The kine . . . went along the highway. 1 Sam. vi. 12. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • along — [adv1] ahead forth, forward, on, onward; concept 581 along [adv2] together with accompanying, additionally, also, as companion, as well, at same time, besides, coupled with, furthermore, in addition to, likewise, moreover, side by side,… …   New thesaurus

  • along — adverb coupled with, forward, in company with, in conjunction with, lengthwise, side by side, together, with Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Along — (baie d ) (Vinh Ha Long), baie du golfe du Tonkin (ou du Bac Bô), au N. E. de Haiphong. Elle est parsemée d innombrables blocs rocheux percés de grottes. Selon la légende, ce relief accidenté est dû au passage d un dragon (Long) qui descendit des …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • along — O.E. andlang entire, continuous; extended; all day long; alongside of, from and opposite, against (from P.Gmc. *andi , *anda from PIE *anti against, locative singular of *ant front, forehead; see ANTE (Cf. ante)) + lang long (see LONG …   Etymology dictionary


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