along

[uh-lawng, uh-long]

preposition

adverb

Verb Phrases

get along. get1(def 36).

Idioms

    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

before 900; Middle English; Old English andlang, equivalent to and- (cognate with Old Saxon, Old Norse and-, Gothic and(a)-, Old High German ant-, prefix with orig. sense “facing”; cf. answer) + lang long1
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Examples from the Web for along

Contemporary Examples of along

Historical Examples of along

  • Tell Aunt Cornelia, please, that I shall be along in just a moment.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I can get along for a few hours, and then I'll have a doctor look at it.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Along the edge of the green pines and spruce were lavender asters.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • One of our horses is very lame, and we have a little trouble in getting him along.

  • Got on the track just before dark and followed it along a few miles.


British Dictionary definitions for along

along

preposition

over or for the length of, esp in a more or less horizontal planealong the road

adverb

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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Word Origin and History for along
prep.

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."

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Idioms and Phrases with along

along

In addition to the idioms beginning with along

  • along for the ride
  • along in years
  • alongside of
  • along the lines of
  • along with

also see:

  • all along
  • all along the line
  • be along
  • come along
  • follow along
  • get along

go alongplay alongrun along string along.

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