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Meaning of “along” in the English Dictionary

"along" in British English

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alongpreposition

uk   /əˈlɒŋ/  us   /-ˈlɑːŋ/
  • along preposition (FROM ONE END TO ANOTHER)

A2 from one ​part of a ​road, ​river, etc. to another: a ​romanticwalk along the ​beach/​river

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  • along preposition (NEXT TO)

B1 in a ​line next to something ​long: a ​row of ​houses along the ​river Cars were ​parked all along the ​road.

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alongadverb

uk   /əˈlɒŋ/  us   /-ˈlɑːŋ/
  • along adverb (FORWARD)

B1 movingforward: We were just ​walking along, ​chatting.

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  • along adverb (WITH YOU)

B1 with you: Why don't you take him along with you when you go? I'll bring some ​food along and we can have a ​picnic.along with sb/sth B2 in ​addition to someone or something ​else: California, along with Florida and Hawaii, is among the most ​popular US ​touristdestinations.

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(Definition of along from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"along" in American English

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alongpreposition

 us   /əˈlɔŋ/
  • along preposition (BESIDE)

in the same ​direction as, or beside: We ​walked along the ​canalpath. Along also ​means at a ​particularpoint or ​continuing to go on: My ​office is the third ​door along the ​hallway on the ​left.

alongadverb [not gradable]

 us   /əˈlɔŋ/
toward a ​direction or ​goal; ​forward: You ​waitages for a ​bus, then three come along all at ​once. How ​far along are you with ​yourhomework?
with the ​person or ​persons already ​mentioned: Why don’t you take him along?
(Definition of along from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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