Definition of along in English:

along

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’
    • ‘The oxen continued to plod along the dusty prairie.’
    • ‘The bell rang for wake up call as she hurried along the passage to the showers.’
    • ‘The lady returned to her side, her dress rustling softly as it slid along the smooth surface.’
    • ‘It bounced along the rocky surface, sending dust flying and making it even harder to see.’
    • ‘A folder was thrown onto the table; it slid along the smooth surface to land in front of her.’
    • ‘He ran his hand along the surface and felt it curve upward, then downward again.’
    • ‘We wandered along in the other direction until we came to the Imperial golf course which we decided to cut across so we could see the canal.’
    • ‘He shot through the gap and continued along the narrow lane that would eventually reach a main road.’
    • ‘Because this road is used by so many commercial vehicles, many trucks pass along the road each day.’
    • ‘We were strolling along the coastal path and sat down on the grass for a rest and to enjoy the panoramic view across the bay.’
    • ‘Instead we found ourselves trundling everywhere in a clapped-out truck along roads with challenging surfaces.’
    • ‘He was made to walk along a winding passage then up steps and suddenly he felt a chilling breeze.’
    • ‘Further on, ignore some steps to the left and continue along the top of the gorge.’
    • ‘I walked through the park, and along a small dirt path, through some trees.’
    • ‘A pensioner had her handbag snatched as she walked along Shrivenham Road on Sunday.’
    • ‘The boy shook his head and continued along the narrow corridor that he had led them to.’
    • ‘Dusk was gently closing in and the mist rolling up from the Ribble estuary as we parked the car and set off along the tow path.’
    • ‘Jeeps sped along in both directions on the dirt track.’
    • ‘He swept his finger along the surface of the mantle and turned to her, grinning.’
    • ‘But running, especially pounding along on a hard surface like a road or path, can put a lot of strain on joints.’
    onwards, on, ahead, further
    down, throughout the length of, from one end of … to the other, through, across
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    1. 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’
      • ‘I wanted to pass along this school's method of attempting to keep the decibel level to a minimum.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This has turned out to be a truly fascinating project as it was easy to see progress at each step along the way.’
      • ‘Moving swiftly along, what's the best thing about living in Scotland's capital?’
      • ‘If you die in 2010, you can pass along all your assets to your heirs without a penny to the state.’
      • ‘Moving right along, there is a Thai section, which on our Saturday night had noodles and Gaeng Keowaan.’
      • ‘Einstein had reached the final version of general relativity after a slow road with many errors along the way.’
      • ‘Moving swiftly along, the publishing industry certainly seems to agree with me.’
      • ‘In his early days, William's father was not sure his son was progressing along the right lines.’
      • ‘I know that the quality of the food is not her area, but I asked her to pass the information along for me.’
      • ‘This racehorse has been progressing along the right lines.’
      • ‘Unless we're talking about immortality, it really is just one more progression along a road we've been on for hundreds of years.’
      • ‘I've now seen the entire series, and I think I may be able to pass along some wit and wisdom.’
      • ‘Each stage along the way has extended and corrected the achievements of its predecessors.’
      • ‘I was hesitant about passing along this information for two reasons.’
      • ‘And, if we are lucky we are able to advance the cause of progress a bit along the way.’
      • ‘This is important information that can be passed along to a partner.’
      • ‘If all the computer could do was pass along the information it received, it could not be credited with recognizing anything at all.’
      • ‘But moving right along, here is a little bag that I have made out of one of my screen print projects.’
      • ‘Then, you encounter someone who takes you either further into your chosen field or in a whole new direction along the way.’
  • 2[preposition] Extending in a more or less horizontal line on.

    ‘cars were parked along the grass verge’
    ‘the path along the cliff’
    • ‘You're driving along a road in a residential area, no doubt there are cars parked along the side which means there is only room for one car to pass.’
    • ‘A stone walkway led to the enormous home, and out front, the cars were parked along the street.’
    • ‘In severe years the sea ice extends along the north coast, and in extremely severe years it reaches the south coast.’
    • ‘They are often found in open areas with cliffs, and along rocky coasts and rivers.’
    • ‘Motorists will benefit from a quieter, safer road surface along the A650 after resurfacing begins today.’
    • ‘The first lagoon is situated at the top of the hill and the system of lagoons progresses downwards along the contours of the land.’
    • ‘Mrs Kerr said cars were lined along both kerbs as a white Ford Transit van approached from the opposite direction.’
    • ‘He suggested that a strip of ordinary road surface be put along each side of the road for the horses to walk on, thus making everyone happy.’
    • ‘The wall was eventually extended along the border between East and West Germany.’
    • ‘This created jobs both in agriculture and in the major ports that sprang up along the coast.’
    • ‘When he entered the small road he was alarmed by an unusual concentration of cars parked along it.’
    • ‘To my utter surprise, there were pink tulips all lined up neatly up along the path.’
    • ‘Amy woke up while the world was still dark, and only a thin line of grey along the horizon indicated the coming of dawn.’
    • ‘They line the grass verge along the roadside, proudly displaying flags and banners.’
    • ‘Traffic then builds up in all directions, even along Leeds Road, Church Street and beyond.’
    • ‘It is a pity that a visit to this Park was marred by the presence of a lot of litter right along the new concrete path at the side of the Park.’
    • ‘If successful, the scheme will be extended to smaller retailers along the High Street.’
    • ‘But I noticed one thing and that was the absence of cars parked along the street.’
    • ‘Reasonable ledges, however, continue along the narrow rift to where the shaft widens out.’
    • ‘Whole towns have sprung up along the border within sight of Thailand's army and authorities.’
    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
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  • 3[adverb] In or into company with others.

    ‘he had brought along a friend of his’
    • ‘At school and after Eric was a great sprinter and he brought along his old vest from his days with the Town Athletic Club.’
    • ‘Naturally she went along to see who it was, and it turned out to be a cousin of mine.’
    • ‘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.’
    as company, with one, to accompany one, as a partner, in company
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

along

/əˈlɒŋ/