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Meaning of along by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old English andlang from prefix and- + lang ( “long” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /əˈlɒŋ/, X-SAMPA: /@"lQN/
    • ( US ) IPA: /əˈlɔŋ/, X-SAMPA: /@"lON/
    • Hyphenation: a‧long



    1. By the length; in a line with the length; lengthwise.
    2. In a line, or with a progressive motion; onward; forward.


    • alongst ( archaic )

    Derived terms


    along ( not comparable )

    1. In company; together .
      I am going to the store. Do you want to come along?
    2. Onward, forward, with progressive action .
      Don't stop here. Just move along .


    • alongst ( archaic )

    Derived terms

    Related terms



    • anglo, Logan, logan, longa

Explanation of along by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. with a forward motion

    2. we drove along admiring the view
      the horse trotted along at a steady pace
      move along
    3. in accompaniment or as a companion

    4. his little sister came along to the movies
      I brought my camera along
      working along with his father
    5. in addition

    6. we sent them food and some clothing went along in the package
      along with the package came a bill
      consider the advantages along with the disadvantages
    7. to a more advanced state

    8. the work is moving along
      well along in their research
      hurrying their education along
      getting along in years
    9. in line with a length or direction

    10. pass the word along
      ran along beside me
      cottages along by the river

    Definition of along by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Along ( ?; 115 ), adv. [OE. along, anlong, AS. andlang, along; pref. and- ( akin to OFris. ond-, OHG. ant-, Ger. ent-, Goth. and-, anda-, L. ante, Gr. , Skr. anti, over against ) + lang long. See Long.]
      1. By the length; in a line with the length; lengthwise.

      Some laid along . . . on spokes of wheels are hung. Dryden.

      2. In a line, or with a progressive motion; onward; forward.

      We will go along by the king's highway. Numb. xxi. 22.

      He struck with his o'ertaking wings,

      And chased us south along. Coleridge.

      3. In company; together.

      He to England shall along with you. Shak.

      All along, all through the course of; during the whole time; throughout. “I have all along declared this to be a neutral paper.” Addison. -- To get along, to get on; to make progress, as in business. “She 'll get along in heaven better than you or I.” Mrs. Stowe.

    2. Along, prep. By the length of, as distinguished from across. “Along the lowly lands.” Dryden.

      The kine . . . went along the highway. 1 Sam. vi. 12.

    3. Along. [AS. gelang owing to.] ( Now heard only in the prep. phrase along of. )

      Along of, Along on, often shortened to Long of, prep. phr., owing to; on account of. [Obs. or Low. Eng.] “On me is not along thin evil fare.” Chaucer. “And all this is long of you.” Shak. “This increase of price is all along of the foreigners.” London Punch.