Meaning of “along” in the English Dictionary

"along" in British English

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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

More examples

  • We walked along the beach collecting small crabs in a bucket.
  • The room was so dark, I had to feel my way along the wall to the door.
  • The children ran down the bank, over the bridge and along the path.
  • Halfway along the wall he overbalanced and fell.
  • Cut along the dotted line.

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.

More examples

  • Machine guns were mounted along the heights behind the town.
  • She arranged her birthday cards along the shelf.
  • She planted rose bushes along the length of the garden.
  • Tall, luxuriant plants grew along the river bank.
  • Thousands of troops have massed along the border in preparation for an invasion.



uk /əˈlɒŋ/ us /əˈlɑːŋ/

along adverb (FORWARD)

B1 moving forward:

We were just walking along, chatting.

More examples

  • The coins jingled in her pocket as she walked along.
  • She struggled along with an armful of clothes.
  • You'll find the shampoo and the soap in the fourth aisle along from the entrance.
  • We were going along at about 50 miles an hour.
  • If you move along a bit, Tess can sit next to me.

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.

More examples

  • Frank always took a couple of heavies along with him when he went collecting his debts.
  • I don't think you'll persuade David to come along to tonight's meeting - he's not much of a joiner.
  • He's welcome to come along, provided that he behaves himself.
  • She brought along a couple of sulky looking kids who didn't say a word all evening.
  • He brought along his wife, a vivacious blonde, some 20 years his junior.

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

"along" in American English

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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/

along adverb [ not gradable ] (FORWARD)

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?

along adverb [ not gradable ] (WITH OTHERS)

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)