along

1 adverb
1 if someone or something moves along, they move forward: I was driving along, thinking about Christmas. | He showed me the notes he had made as we went along.
2 go/come/be along to go or come to the place where something is happening, someone is waiting etc: We're having a few drinks in the bar - you're welcome to come along. | be along in a minute (=arrive soon): There should be another bus along in a minute.
3 go/come/tag along to go or come with someone somewhere: "I'm just out for a walk." "Is it alright if Sharon and I come along too?"
4 take/bring sb along to take or bring someone with you somewhere: Mandy had brought some of her art-school friends along.
5 come/go/get along to improve, develop, or make progress in a particular way: come along fine/nicely/well etc: "How's she doing after her operation?" "Oh, she's coming along fine." | How are things coming along at work?
6 along with together with: Dunne was murdered along with three RUC men near Armagh.
2 preposition
1 if someone or something moves or looks along something, they move or look from one end of it to the other: We're driving along Follyfoot Road. | The conductor came hurrying along the corridor. | She glanced anxiously along the line of faces.
2 something that is along something else goes down its whole length: They've put up a fence along Church Lane. | a big crate with some strips of wood along the top | We found brambles and wild strawberries growing along the disused railway.
3 if something is along a passage, wall etc, you can find it at some point there or it has been placed there: just along (=a short distance from a particular place): The bathroom is just along the corridor from my room. | a waiting room with a bench along one wall

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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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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