along

a|long [ ə`lɔŋ ] function word ***
Along can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun):
Go along South Street and turn left.
as an adverb (without a following noun):
Can I bring the children along?
1. ) moving on or beside a line
a ) moving forward on a line, road, path, etc. toward one end of it:
Mrs. Klein was hurrying along the path toward us.
We walked along in silence.
b ) moving from one place to another while staying near the side or edge of something:
They were sailing along the southern coast of Australia.
2. ) used for showing where someone or something is
a ) continuing in a line on or beside a road, river, wall, etc.:
The stores along 5th Avenue were brightly lit for Christmas.
a line of trees along the river bank
b ) at a place on or beside a road, river, etc.:
The sound of gunfire was coming from somewhere along the road.
3. ) coming here or going there
a ) coming to the place where someone is, or going to the place where something is happening:
Finally a taxi came along, and we jumped in.
b ) used for saying that you take someone or something with you when you go somewhere:
Do you mind if I come along too?
Bring the whole family along.
Be sure to take your notes along with you.
along with
used for mentioning additional people or things that are also included or involved in something:
Ramos was arrested along with eleven other men.
be getting/coming along
used for saying how well someone is progressing or succeeding:
How is your garden coming along?
be getting/coming along with: How are you getting along with your Russian?

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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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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