Definition of along in US English:

along

preposition & adverb

  • 1Moving in a constant direction on (a path or any more or less horizontal surface)

    as preposition ‘soon we were driving along a narrow road’
    ‘he saw Gary run along the top of the wall’
    ‘we continued to plod along’
    as adverb ‘she sailed along’
    • ‘He was made to walk along a winding passage then up steps and suddenly he felt a chilling breeze.’
    • ‘I walked through the park, and along a small dirt path, through some trees.’
    • ‘Further on, ignore some steps to the left and continue along the top of the gorge.’
    • ‘But running, especially pounding along on a hard surface like a road or path, can put a lot of strain on joints.’
    • ‘The boy shook his head and continued along the narrow corridor that he had led them to.’
    • ‘A folder was thrown onto the table; it slid along the smooth surface to land in front of her.’
    • ‘He swept his finger along the surface of the mantle and turned to her, grinning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A pensioner had her handbag snatched as she walked along Shrivenham Road on Sunday.’
    • ‘He ran his hand along the surface and felt it curve upward, then downward again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It bounced along the rocky surface, sending dust flying and making it even harder to see.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jeeps sped along in both directions on the dirt track.’
    • ‘The lady returned to her side, her dress rustling softly as it slid along the smooth surface.’
    • ‘Instead we found ourselves trundling everywhere in a clapped-out truck along roads with challenging surfaces.’
    • ‘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.’
    down, throughout the length of, from one end of … to the other, through, across
    onwards, on, ahead, forward, forwards, further
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    1. 1.1 Used metaphorically 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then, you encounter someone who takes you either further into your chosen field or in a whole new direction along the way.’
      • ‘But moving right along, here is a little bag that I have made out of one of my screen print projects.’
      • ‘Unless we're talking about immortality, it really is just one more progression along a road we've been on for hundreds of years.’
      • ‘Each stage along the way has extended and corrected the achievements of its predecessors.’
      • ‘Moving swiftly along, what's the best thing about living in Scotland's capital?’
      • ‘Moving right along, there is a Thai section, which on our Saturday night had noodles and Gaeng Keowaan.’
      • ‘If all the computer could do was pass along the information it received, it could not be credited with recognizing anything at all.’
      • ‘If you die in 2010, you can pass along all your assets to your heirs without a penny to the state.’
      • ‘I was hesitant about passing along this information for two reasons.’
      • ‘Moving swiftly along, the publishing industry certainly seems to agree with me.’
      • ‘This racehorse has been progressing along the right lines.’
      • ‘And, if we are lucky we are able to advance the cause of progress a bit along the way.’
      • ‘In his early days, William's father was not sure his son was progressing along the right lines.’
      • ‘This has turned out to be a truly fascinating project as it was easy to see progress at each step along the way.’
      • ‘Einstein had reached the final version of general relativity after a slow road with many errors along the way.’
      • ‘This is important information that can be passed along to a partner.’
      • ‘I've now seen the entire series, and I think I may be able to pass along some wit and wisdom.’
      • ‘I wanted to pass along this school's method of attempting to keep the decibel level to a minimum.’
      on, at a point on, in the middle of
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  • 2preposition Extending in a more or less horizontal line on.

    ‘cars were parked along the grass border’
    ‘the path along the cliff’
    • ‘Reasonable ledges, however, continue along the narrow rift to where the shaft widens out.’
    • ‘They line the grass verge along the roadside, proudly displaying flags and banners.’
    • ‘Whole towns have sprung up along the border within sight of Thailand's army and authorities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amy woke up while the world was still dark, and only a thin line of grey along the horizon indicated the coming of dawn.’
    • ‘Traffic then builds up in all directions, even along Leeds Road, Church Street and beyond.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mrs Kerr said cars were lined along both kerbs as a white Ford Transit van approached from the opposite direction.’
    • ‘But I noticed one thing and that was the absence of cars parked along the street.’
    • ‘If successful, the scheme will be extended to smaller retailers along the High Street.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This created jobs both in agriculture and in the major ports that sprang up along the coast.’
    • ‘The wall was eventually extended along the border between East and West Germany.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When he entered the small road he was alarmed by an unusual concentration of cars parked along it.’
    • ‘They are often found in open areas with cliffs, and along rocky coasts and rivers.’
    • ‘To my utter surprise, there were pink tulips all lined up neatly up along the path.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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  • 3adverb In or into company with others; with one.

    ‘he had brought along a friend of his’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At school and after Eric was a great sprinter and he brought along his old vest from his days with the Town Athletic Club.’
    as company, with one, to accompany one, as a partner, in company
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Phrases

  • along about

    • informal, dialect Around about (a specified time or date)

      ‘he generally leaves there along about daylight’
      • ‘When Sedgwick left, along about midnight, Patterson and John Owens remained, and I finally got to bed a little after two o'clock.’
      • ‘I took out a restraining order on him along about the end of August.’
      • ‘Then, along about the seventh inning, you begin to think - well, maybe there's a chance.’
      • ‘That was along about maybe 2001, and I'd come to the Senate, been there for about five or six months.’
      • ‘They do, however, need help along about now so I would suggest a very light application of a controlled release fertiliser.’
  • along with

    • In company with or at the same time as.

      ‘I was chosen, along with twelve other artists’
      • ‘A hole five metres by four and two metres deep had been dug, along with trenches on either side.’
      • ‘The pedals need replacing along with other parts that have worn out over the years.’
      • ‘Volunteers will be given a free compost bin along with a small kitchen collection bin.’
      • ‘When Charles was a boy he would inspect the troops along with his mother or grandmother.’
      • ‘As if everything was absolutely normal she'd hand him his cup of coffee along with a kiss.’
      • ‘They were later recovered by police from nearby bushes, along with a box of pellets.’
      • ‘There were two supermarket trolleys in the pond along with plastic bags and litter.’
      • ‘She brought dried and fresh herbs for sale along with copies of a book she has written on the use of herbs.’
      • ‘A knife was found nearby along with five notes he had written to his friends and family.’
      • ‘The world has gone mad, and has lost its sense of proportion along with its sanity.’
      together with, accompanying, accompanied by, in company with
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  • be along

    • Arrive.

      ‘she'll be along soon’
      • ‘But the best thing about the band is that if you don't like their present incarnation another will be along any minute.’
      • ‘She paused near the ticket booth, hoping the next ferry would be along soon.’
      • ‘Oh, they are sure to be along one day soon - aren't they?’
      • ‘He'd be along soon and I knew he'd love to see them up close.’
      • ‘My Mum and brothers would be along soon enough, and they would likely do much more speaking than I had.’
      • ‘As per my request, Matt also gave Eddie a call to inform him of my state and Eddie said he'd be along as soon as he could.’
      • ‘Chaps, this is about half the group, the rest'll be along soon.’
      • ‘Another reconfiguration will be along soon, and perhaps then it will be possible to emphasise some of the emerging innovations and rely less on the hackneyed old solutions.’
      • ‘Another health scare will doubtless be along soon.’
      • ‘I tell him not to worry - feeding time will be along soon.’
      arrive, reach, come, make it, turn up, appear, put in an appearance, make an appearance, come on the scene, come up, approach, enter, present oneself, be along, come along, materialize
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  • along the lines (of)

    • In conformity with.

      ‘a highway patrol organized along the lines of the New Jersey State Police’
      • ‘I also tried to add to a very old routine to make an all new one with something based along the lines of this.’
      • ‘Could a water taxi system along the lines of a park and ride scheme be incorporated at the southern edge of the town?’
      • ‘Anyway, the text said something along the lines of ‘send me an email, it will be easier’.’
      • ‘When I mentioned this to Alison, she said something along the lines of, Come off it, it's only a book.’
      • ‘The houses are along the lines of the Weavers Cottages so as to tone in with the appearance of that part of the street.’
      • ‘The church was deliberately designed along the lines of a shopping mall.’
      • ‘Community Beat Managers offer a different style of policing, along the lines of the old style community bobby.’
      • ‘What they want is compensation, along the lines of that given to farmers.’
      • ‘We need to be willing to engage in national exercises for disaster contingency, along the lines of the office fire drill.’
      • ‘If history has a guiding principle, it should be something along the lines of having a sense of proportion.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation