abreast


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a·breast

 (ə-brĕst′)
adv.
1. Side by side: ships docked two abreast.
2. Up to date: keeping abreast of the latest developments.

abreast

(əˈbrɛst)
adj (postpositive)
1. alongside each other and facing in the same direction
2. (foll by: of or with) up to date (with); fully conversant (with)

a•breast

(əˈbrɛst)

adv., adj.
1. side by side; beside each other in a line: They walked two abreast.
2. informed; aware; up-to-date: to keep abreast of new developments.
3. equal to or alongside in progress or attainment.
[1590–1600]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.abreast - being up to particular standard or level especially in being up to date in knowledgeabreast - being up to particular standard or level especially in being up to date in knowledge; "kept abreast of the latest developments"; "constant revision keeps the book au courant"; "always au fait on the latest events"; "up on the news"
informed - having much knowledge or education; "an informed public"; "informed opinion"; "the informed customer"
Adv.1.abreast - alongside each other, facing in the same direction

abreast

adverb alongside, level, beside, in a row, side by side, neck and neck, shoulder to shoulder a group of youths riding four abreast
abreast of informed about, in touch with, familiar with, acquainted with, up to date with, knowledgeable about, conversant with, plugged-in to (slang), up to speed with (informal), in the picture about, au courant with, au fait with, keeping your finger on the pulse of We'll keep you abreast of developments.
Translations
جَنْبَاً إلى جَنْب
vedle sebe
samsíîa, hliî viî hliî
gretasekti
blakuslīdzās
vedľa seba
aynı hizadayanyana

abreast

[əˈbrest] ADV
1. (= side by side) to march four abreastmarchar en columna de cuatro en fondo
streets so narrow that two can barely walk abreastcalles tan estrechas que dos personas difícilmente pueden andar hombro con hombro
to come abreast of sth/sbllegar a la altura de algo/algn
2. (= aware of) to be/keep abreast of sthestar/mantenerse al corriente de algo
to keep abreast of the newsmantenerse al día or al corriente

abreast

[əˈbrɛst] adv
[walk, ride] → de front
three abreast → trois de front
to draw abreast of sb → arriver à la hauteur de qn
(in touch, up to speed) to keep abreast of sth → se tenir au courant de qch
to keep sb abreast of sth → tenir qn au courant de qch

abreast

advSeite an Seite; (Naut also) → Bug an Bug; to march four abreastim Viererglied or zu viert nebeneinander marschieren; abreast of somebody/somethingneben jdm/etw, auf gleicher Höhe mit jdm/etw; to come abreast (of somebody/something)mit jdm/etw gleichziehen, auf gleiche Höhe mit jdm/etw kommen; to keep abreast of the times/news etcmit seiner Zeit/den Nachrichten etc auf dem Laufenden bleiben

abreast

[əˈbrɛst] advdi fianco, fianco a fianco
to march 4 abreast → marciare in riga per 4
to come abreast of → affiancarsi a
to keep abreast of the news/times → tenersi aggiornato/a

abreast

(əˈbrest) adverb
side by side. They walked along the road three abreast.
keep abreast of
to remain up to date with. keeping abreast of recent scientific developments.

abreast

adv. de frente; en frente.
References in classic literature ?
Three big wolves got abreast of the horses, and the horses went crazy.
It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times; it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace.
I considered the matter a moment, and then up stairs we went, and I was ushered into a small room, cold as a clam, and furnished, sure enough, with a prodigious bed, almost big enough indeed for any four harpooneers to sleep abreast.
Aware of their danger, they were going all abreast with great speed straight before the wind, rubbing their flanks as closely as so many spans of horses in harness.
The landlord, in plain clothes, and bareheaded, placed himself on the bottom marble step, abreast the PORTIER, who stood on the other end of the same steps; six or eight waiters, gloved, bareheaded, and wearing their whitest linen, their whitest cravats, and their finest swallow-tails, grouped themselves about these chiefs, but leaving the carpetway clear.
It kept a-coming, and when it was abreast of me I see there warn't but one man in it.
It swept along, thick and solid, five hundred thousand angels abreast, and every angel carrying a torch and singing - the whirring thunder of the wings made a body's head ache.
This superintendent was a slim creature of thirty-five, with a sandy goatee and short sandy hair; he wore a stiff standing-collar whose upper edge almost reached his ears and whose sharp points curved forward abreast the corners of his mouth -- a fence that compelled a straight lookout ahead, and a turning of the whole body when a side view was required; his chin was propped on a spreading cravat which was as broad and as long as a bank-note, and had fringed ends; his boot toes were turned sharply up, in the fashion of the day, like sleigh- runners -- an effect patiently and laboriously produced by the young men by sitting with their toes pressed against a wall for hours together.
When he got abreast he stopped and waited a little for me to come out; then he rode on again.
There is a guard of sundry horsemen riding abreast of the tumbrils, and faces are often turned up to some of them, and they are asked some question.
She was then just abreast of the rotted bride-cake.
The openings for the entry of the combatants were at the northern and southern extremities of the lists, accessible by strong wooden gates, each wide enough to admit two horsemen riding abreast.