- 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.
- during; 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; lengthwise; 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 followed 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.
- along of, Chiefly Southern U.S. and British Dialect.
- owing to; because of: We weren't invited, along of your rudeness.
- in company with: You come along of me to the store.
- get along. get1(def 36).
- all along, all the time; throughout: I knew all along that it was a lie.
- be along, Informal. to arrive at a place; come: They should be along soon.
Origin of along
- over or for the length of, esp in a more or less horizontal planealong the road
- continuing over the length of some specified thing
- in accompaniment; together with some specified person or peoplehe says he'd like to come along
- forwardthe horse trotted along at a steady pace
- to a more advanced statehe got the work moving along
- along with accompanying; together withconsider the advantages along with the disadvantages
Word Origin and History for be along
Old English andlang "entire, continuous; extended; all day long; alongside of," from and- "opposite, against" (from Proto-Germanic *andi-, *anda-, from PIE *anti "against," locative singular of *ant- "front, forehead;" see ante) + lang "long" (see long (adj.)). Sense extended to "through the whole length of."
Idioms and Phrases with be along
Will come, will arrive, as in John said he'd be along in a few minutes, or The doctor's report will be along by the end of the week. This phrase always indicates a future event. [Colloquial; early 1800s]