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[uh-brest] /əˈbrɛst/
adverb, adjective
side by side; beside each other in a line:
They walked two abreast down the street.
equal to or alongside in progress, attainment, or awareness (usually followed by of or with):
to keep abreast of scientific developments; keeping abreast with the times.
Origin of abreast
1590-1600; a-1 + breast Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for abreast


adjective (postpositive)
alongside each other and facing in the same direction
foll by of or with. up to date (with); fully conversant (with)
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Word Origin and History for abreast

mid-15c., on brest, from a- (1) + breast (n.); the notion is of "with breasts in line." To keep abreast in figurative sense of "stay up-to-date" is from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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