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[ uh-lawng, uh-long ]


  1. 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.

  2. during; in the course of:

    Somewhere along the way I lost my hat.

  3. in conformity or accordance with:

    I plan to revise the article along the lines suggested.


  1. by the length; lengthwise; parallel to or in a line with the length or direction:

    He ran along beside me.

  2. with a progressive motion; onward:

    The police ordered the line to move along.

  3. (of time) some way on:

    along toward evening.

  4. in company; in agreement (usually followed by with ):

    I'll go along with you. He planned the project along with his associates.

  5. as a companion; with one:

    She took her brother along.

  6. 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.

  7. at or to an advanced place or state:

    Work on the new ship is quite far along.

  8. as an accompanying item; on hand:

    Bring along your umbrella.

  9. along of, Chiefly Southern U.S. and British Dialect.
    1. owing to; because of:

      We weren't invited, along of your rudeness.

    2. in company with:

      You come along of me to the store.

verb phrase


/ əˈlɒŋ /


  1. over or for the length of, esp in a more or less horizontal plane

    along the road


  1. continuing over the length of some specified thing
  2. in accompaniment; together with some specified person or people

    he says he'd like to come along

  3. forward

    the horse trotted along at a steady pace

  4. to a more advanced state

    he got the work moving along

  5. along with
    along with accompanying; together with

    consider the advantages along with the disadvantages

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Word History and Origins

Origin of along1

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English andlang, equivalent to and- (cognate with Old Saxon, Old Norse and-, Gothic and(a)-, Old High German ant-; akin to Greek antí- and Latin ante-, prefix with the original sense “opposite, facing”) + lang ; long 1. answer

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Word History and Origins

Origin of along1

Old English andlang, from and- against + lang long 1; compare Old Frisian andlinga, Old Saxon antlang

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. all along, all the time; throughout:

    I knew all along that it was a lie.

  2. be along, Informal. to arrive at a place; come:

    They should be along soon.

More idioms and phrases containing along

  • all along
  • all along the line
  • be along
  • come along
  • follow along
  • get along
  • go along
  • play along
  • run along
  • string along

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Example Sentences

So here I am in my requisite Lululemon pants, grunting along to an old hip-hop song at a most ungodly hour.

But along with the cartoon funk is an all-too-real story of police brutality embodied by a horde of evil Pigs.

While excoriating the IRS, Huckabee brings his readers along on a flashback to his youth.

Term limits could be a prescription to speed change along.

Chérif was arrested in Paris in January 2005 as he was about to board a plane to Damascus along with a man named Thamer Bouchnak.

All along the highways and by-paths of our literature we encounter much that pertains to this "queen of plants."

First a shower of shells dropping all along the lower ridges and out over the surface of the Bay.

May looked along at the dimpled grace, And then at the saint-like, fair old face, “How funny!”

Two Battalions racing due North along the coast and foothills with levelled bayonets.

Presently there was a clattering of hoofs behind him, and Ribsy came galloping along the road, with nothing on him but his collar.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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