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Meaning of “along” in the English Dictionary

"along" in British English

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alongpreposition

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

A2 from one part of a road, river, etc. to another: a romantic walk 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   /əˈlɑːŋ/
  • along adverb (FORWARD)

B1 moving forward: 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 tourist destinations.

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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 canal path.
Along also means at a particular point 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 wait ages for a bus, then three come along all at once. How far along are you with your homework?
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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