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[uh-lawng, uh-long] /əˈlɔŋ, əˈlɒŋ/
preposition
1.
through, on, beside, over, or parallel to the length or direction of; from one end to the other of:
to walk along a highway; to run a border along a shelf.
2.
during; in the course of:
Somewhere along the way I lost my hat.
3.
in conformity or accordance with:
I plan to revise the article along the lines suggested.
adverb
4.
by the length; lengthwise; parallel to or in a line with the length or direction:
He ran along beside me.
5.
with a progressive motion; onward:
The police ordered the line to move along.
6.
(of time) some way on:
along toward evening.
7.
in company; in agreement (usually followed by with):
I'll go along with you. He planned the project along with his associates.
8.
as a companion; with one:
She took her brother along.
9.
from one person or place to another:
The order was passed along from the general to the captain and from the captain to a private.
10.
at or to an advanced place or state:
Work on the new ship is quite far along.
11.
as an accompanying item; on hand:
Bring along your umbrella.
12.
along of, Chiefly Southern U.S. and British Dialect.
  1. owing to; because of:
    We weren't invited, along of your rudeness.
  2. in company with:
    You come along of me to the store.
Verb phrases
13.
get along. get (def 36).
Idioms
14.
all along, all the time; throughout:
I knew all along that it was a lie.
15.
be along, Informal. to arrive at a place; come:
They should be along soon.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English andlang, equivalent to and- (cognate with Old Saxon, Old Norse and-, Gothic and(a)-, Old High German ant-, prefix with orig. sense “facing”; cf. answer) + lang long1
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  • Click ahead to see what they did, mixing some old with the new along the way.
  • Sudden movement along the fault causes the ground to shake.
  • If that were the case, the tortoises would have yawned right along with their compatriots.
  • along the two-lane road, there is not a single billboard, stop sign or traffic light.
  • along the way they've developed considerable expertise about which roses grow best in which climates.
  • He's carrying a chainsaw and a list of lumberyards along the way.
  • And so the process of learning, along with students' perception of knowledge, can't be finite either.
  • Enjoy a picnic at the falls or find your own private spot somewhere along the adjacent hiking trails.
  • Droughts and insufficient rainfall contribute to what's known as water risk, along with floods and contamination.
  • The cowbirds also ravaged warbler nests that were too far along in the brooding process to accept new eggs.
British Dictionary definitions for along

along

/əˈlɒŋ/
preposition
1.
over or for the length of, esp in a more or less horizontal plane: along the road
adverb
2.
continuing over the length of some specified thing
3.
in accompaniment; together with some specified person or people: he says he'd like to come along
4.
forward: the horse trotted along at a steady pace
5.
to a more advanced state: he got the work moving along
6.
along with, accompanying; together with: consider the advantages along with the disadvantages
Word Origin
Old English andlang, from and- against + langlong1; compare Old Frisian andlinga, Old Saxon antlang
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Word Origin and History for along
prep.

Old English andlang "entire, continuous; extended; all day long; alongside of," from and- "opposite, against" (from Proto-Germanic *andi-, *anda-, from PIE *anti "against," locative singular of *ant- "front, forehead;" see ante) + lang "long" (see long (adj.)). Sense extended to "through the whole length of."

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