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“abreast” in British English

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abreastadverb

uk /əˈbrest/ us /əˈbrest/

used to say that two or more people are next to each other and moving in the same direction:

We were running/swimming two abreast.
The motorcyclist came abreast of her car and shouted abuse at her.
keep abreast of sth

to make sure you know all the most recent facts about a subject or situation:

I try to keep abreast of any developments.

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

“abreast” in American English

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abreastadverb

us /əˈbrest/

next to another person and facing in the same direction:

We were running two abreast around the track.

If you keep abreast of a subject, you stay informed about new developments in it:

Staying abreast of new software releases takes lots of time.

(Definition of “abreast” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)