[ uh-lawng, uh-long ]
/ əˈlɔŋ, əˈlɒŋ /
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).
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Idioms for along
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.
Words nearby along
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British Dictionary definitions for all along
/ (əˈlɒŋ) /
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 for along
Old English andlang, from and- against + lang long 1; compare Old Frisian andlinga, Old Saxon antlang
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Idioms and Phrases with all along (1 of 2)
From the start, throughout, from end to end, as in I've known he was innocent all along. [c. 1600] Also see all along the line.
Idioms and Phrases with all along (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with along
- along for the ride
- along in years
- alongside of
- along the lines of
- along with
- all along
- all along the line
- be along
- come along
- follow along
- get along
go alongplay alongrun along string along.
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