along

[[t]əlɒ̱ŋ, AM əlɔ͟ːŋ[/t]]
(In addition to the uses shown below, along is used in phrasal verbs such as `go along with', `play along', and `string along'.)
1) PREP If you move or look along something such as a road, you move or look towards one end of it.

Newman walked along the street alone...

The young man led Mark Ryle along a corridor...

I looked along the length of the building.

2) PREP If something is situated along a road, river, or corridor, it is situated in it or beside it.

...enormous traffic jams all along the roads.

...houses built on piles along the river...

Along each wall stretched green metal filing cabinets.

3) ADV: ADV after v When someone or something moves along, they keep moving in a particular direction.

She skipped and danced along...

He raised his voice a little, talking into the wind as they walked along...

The wide road was blocked solid with traffic that moved along sluggishly.

4) ADV: ADV after v If you say that something is going along in a particular way, you mean that it is progressing in that way.

...the negotiations which have been dragging along interminably...

Everything was coming along fine after all...

My life is going along nicely.

5) ADV: ADV after v If you take someone or something along when you go somewhere, you take them with you.

This is open to women of all ages, so bring along your friends and colleagues...

Wives will have to bring along their marriage certificate.

6) ADV: ADV after v If someone or something is coming along or is sent along, they are coming or being sent to a particular place.

She invited everyone she knew to come along...

He had the material tested and sent along the results.

7) PHR-PREP You use along with to mention someone or something else that is also involved in an action or situation.

The baby's mother escaped from the fire along with two other children...

There are 32 different kinds of chocolate on sale along with the bread and cakes.

8) PHRASE: PHR with cl, PHR after v If something has been true or been present all along, it has been true or been present throughout a period of time.

I've been fooling myself all along...

I think she had been planning all along to leave Hungary.

9) along the waysee way

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  • along — [ə lôŋ′] prep. [ME < OE andlang, along, by the side of < and , over against + lang, in length: see LONG1] 1. on or beside the length of; over or throughout the length of [we hiked along the trail; along the driveway there is a hedge] 2. in… …   English World dictionary

  • Along — A*long (?; 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Along — A*long [AS. gelang owing to.] (Now heard only in the prep. phrase {along of}.) [1913 Webster] {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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Along of — Along A*long [AS. gelang owing to.] (Now heard only in the prep. phrase {along of}.) [1913 Webster] {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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Along on — Along A*long [AS. gelang owing to.] (Now heard only in the prep. phrase {along of}.) [1913 Webster] {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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • along — ► PREPOSITION & ADVERB 1) moving in a constant direction on (a more or less horizontal surface). 2) extending in a more or less horizontal line on. 3) in or into company with others. ● along with Cf. ↑along with ● be (or come) along …   English terms dictionary

  • Along — A*long , prep. By the length of, as distinguished from across. Along the lowly lands. Dryden. [1913 Webster] The kine . . . went along the highway. 1 Sam. vi. 12. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • along — [adv1] ahead forth, forward, on, onward; concept 581 along [adv2] together with accompanying, additionally, also, as companion, as well, at same time, besides, coupled with, furthermore, in addition to, likewise, moreover, side by side,… …   New thesaurus

  • along — adverb coupled with, forward, in company with, in conjunction with, lengthwise, side by side, together, with Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Along — (baie d ) (Vinh Ha Long), baie du golfe du Tonkin (ou du Bac Bô), au N. E. de Haiphong. Elle est parsemée d innombrables blocs rocheux percés de grottes. Selon la légende, ce relief accidenté est dû au passage d un dragon (Long) qui descendit des …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • along — O.E. andlang entire, continuous; extended; all day long; alongside of, from and opposite, against (from P.Gmc. *andi , *anda from PIE *anti against, locative singular of *ant front, forehead; see ANTE (Cf. ante)) + lang long (see LONG …   Etymology dictionary

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