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Related to along: go along, send along, Move Along

a·long

 (ə-lông′, ə-lŏng′)
prep.
1. Over the length of: walked along the path.
2. On a line or course parallel and close to; continuously beside: rowed along the shore; the trees along the avenue.
3. In accordance with: The committee split along party lines over the issue.
adv.
1. Forward; onward: We drove along, admiring the view. Farther along, we passed a hitchhiker.
2. As company: Bring your friend along.
3. In accompaniment or association; together: packed an atlas along with other books. See Usage Note at together.
4. With one; at hand: Luckily, I had my camera along. Our guests should be along soon.
5. Informal Advanced to some degree: My father is getting along in years.

[Middle English, from Old English andlang, extending opposite : and-, facing; see ant- in Indo-European roots + lang, long; see long1.]

along

(əˈlɒŋ)
prep
over or for the length of, esp in a more or less horizontal plane: along the road.
adv
1. continuing over the length of some specified thing
2. in accompaniment; together with some specified person or people: he says he'd like to come along.
3. forward: the horse trotted along at a steady pace.
4. to a more advanced state: he got the work moving along.
5. along with accompanying; together with: consider the advantages along with the disadvantages.
[Old English andlang, from and- against + lang long1; compare Old Frisian andlinga, Old Saxon antlang]
Usage: See at plus

a•long

(əˈlɔŋ, əˈlɒŋ)

prep.
1. over the length or direction of: walking along the highway.
2. in the course of: I lost my hat along the way.
3. in conformity or accordance with: along the lines suggested.
adv.
4. parallel in the same direction: He ran along beside me.
5. so as to progress; onward: Keep the line moving along.
6. in company; in agreement (usu. fol. by with): He planned the project along with his associates.
7. as a companion; with one: She took her brother along.
8. from one person or place to another: The order was passed along from management to staff.
9. toward a goal or completion: Work on the new ship is quite far along.
10. as an accompanying item: Bring along your umbrella.
Idioms:
1. all along, from the start.
2. be along, to arrive at a place: They should be along soon.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English andlang=and- (c. Old Saxon, Old Norse and-, Old High German ant-, Gothic and(a)-, prefix with orig. sense “facing”; compare answer) + lang long1]

along

If you look or move along something long and narrow such as a road, a river, or a corridor, you look or move towards one end of it.

Tim walked along the street.
He led me along a corridor.

If something is situated along something long and narrow such as a road, a river, or a corridor, it is situated in it or beside it.

There are trees all along the river.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'along' to describe movement from one side of an area to another. For example, don't talk about going 'along' a desert. Instead you use through or across.

We cycled through the forest.
He wandered across Hyde Park.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.along - with a forward motionalong - with a forward motion; "we drove along admiring the view"; "the horse trotted along at a steady pace"; "the circus traveled on to the next city"; "move along"; "march on"
2.along - in accompaniment or as a companionalong - in accompaniment or as a companion; "his little sister came along to the movies"; "I brought my camera along"; "working along with his father"
3.along - to a more advanced statealong - to a more advanced state; "the work is moving along"; "well along in their research"; "hurrying their education along"; "getting along in years"
4.along - in addition (usually followed by `with'); "we sent them food and some clothing went along in the package"; "along with the package came a bill"; "consider the advantages along with the disadvantages"
5.along - in line with a length or direction (often followed by `by' or `beside')along - in line with a length or direction (often followed by `by' or `beside'); "pass the word along"; "ran along beside me"; "cottages along by the river"

along

preposition
1. for the length of, down, up, through He walked along the street by himself.
2. next to, near, close to, alongside, beside, adjacent to, nearby to Along each wall stretched metal filing cabinets.
adverb
1. ahead, on, forwards, in front, onwards She skipped and danced along.
2. for companionship, with you, as company, as a companion She invited everyone she knew to come along.
3. (with with) accompanied by, accompanying, together with, in the company of, at the same time as She escaped along with two other children
Translations
إلى الأمَام، نَحْوَإلى المَكَان المَذْكُورإلى جَانِب، فِي نُقْطَة مَاعَلَى طُوْلعَلَى طُول، بِمُحَاذَاة
podéls sebousemtamvpředu
langsmedlangs medefteri
mukaanmukanapitkin
uz (sebe)uzduž
hosszábanmellettmenténvalahova
áframeftir, meîframeinhvers staîar áhingaî, òangaîmeî
・・・に沿って・・・を持って
...을 따라…을 따라을 따라서
draugeišilgai
blakusgarkopālīdzvisā garumā
wzdłużz sobąna całej długościrazem
impreuna
so sebou
vzdolžzraven
längsmed
ไปตามด้วยกันตามนำมาด้วย
dọc theotheo

along

[əˈlɒŋ]
When along is an element in a phrasal verb, eg get along, play along, string along, look up the verb.
A. ADV
1. (= forward)
move along there!¡circulen, por favor!
she walked alongsiguió andando
2. (= with you, us)
bring him along if you liketráelo, si quieres
are you coming along?¿tú vienes también?
3. (= here, there)
I'll be along in a momentahora voy
she'll be along tomorrowvendrá mañana
4. (in set expressions)
all alongdesde el principio
he was lying to me all alongme había mentido desde el principio
along withjunto con
he came, along with his friendél vino, junto con su amigo
B. PREPpor, a lo largo de
to walk along the streetandar por la calle
the trees along the pathlos árboles a lo largo del camino
all along the streettodo lo largo de la calle
the shop is along herela tienda está por aquí
we acted along the lines suggestedhemos obrado de acuerdo con las indicaciones que nos hicieron
somewhere along the way it fell offen alguna parte del camino se cayó
somewhere along the way or the line someone made a mistake (fig) → en un momento determinado alguien cometió un error

along

[əˈlɒŋ]
preple long de
to walk along the beach → se promener le long de la plage
BUT se promener sur la plage.
the houses built along the river → les maisons construites le long de la rivière
BUT les maisons construites au bord de la rivière.
adv
to hop along → avancer en sautillant
to limp along → avancer en boitant
He was limping along → Il avançait en boitant.
to bring sb along → amener qn
to come along → venir
Is he coming along? → Vient-il avec nous?
to be along
I'll be along in a minute → Je viens dans une minute.
halfway along → à mi-chemin
all along (= since the beginning) → depuis le début
He was lying to me all along → Il m'a menti depuis le début.
along with → avec

along

prep (direction) → entlang (+acc), → lang (+acc) (inf); (position) → entlang (+dat); he walked along the riverer ging den or an dem Fluss entlang; somewhere along the wayirgendwo unterwegs or auf dem Weg; (fig)irgendwann einmal; somewhere along here/thereirgendwo hier(herum)/dort(herum); (= in this/that direction)irgendwo in dieser Richtung/der Richtung; the Red Lion? isn’t that somewhere along your way?der Rote Löwe? ist der nicht irgendwo in Ihrer Nähe or Gegend? ? all 5
adv
(= onwards)weiter-, vorwärts; to move alongweitergehen; he was just strolling alonger ist bloß so dahingeschlendert; run alongnun lauf!; he’ll be along sooner muss gleich da sein; I’ll be along about eightich komme ungefähr um acht; are you coming? — yes, I’ll be along in a minutekommst du? — ja, (ich komme) gleich
(= together) along withzusammen mit; to come/sing along with somebodymit jdm mitkommen/mitsingen; take an umbrella alongnimm einen Schirm mit

along

[əˈlɒŋ]
1. adv to move along (person, car) → andare avanti
he was hopping/limping along → veniva saltellando/zoppicando
come along with me → vieni con me
are you coming along? → vieni anche tu?
move along there! → muovetevi, avanti! (said by policeman) → circolare!
along with the others → con gli altri, insieme agli altri
take it along → prendilo con te
I knew all along → sapevo fin dall'inizio
2. preplungo
to walk along the street → camminare lungo la strada
the trees along the path → gli alberi lungo il sentiero
along here → per di qua
somewhere along the way (also fig) → da qualche parte lungo la strada

along

(əˈloŋ) preposition
1. from one end to the other. He walked along several streets; The wall runs along the river.
2. at a point at the end or on the length of. There's a post-box somewhere along this street.
adverb
1. onwards or forward. He ran along beside me; Come along, please!
2. to the place mentioned. I'll come along in five minutes.
3. in company, together. I took a friend along with me.
aˌlongˈside preposition, adverb
beside or close to (the side of a ship, a pier etc). He berthed alongside his friend's boat.

along

عَلَى طُوْل, مَعَ podél, s sebou langs, med entlang, mit μαζί, παραπλεύρως a lo largo de, con mukaan avec, le long de uz (sebe), uzduž con sé, lungo ・・・に沿って, ・・・を持って ...을 따라, …을 따라 langs, mee langsmed, med wzdłuż, z sobą ao longo de, consigo, junto вдоль, попутно längs, med ไปตาม, นำมาด้วย beraberinde, boyunca dọc theo, theo 一起, 顺着

along

adv. a lo largo de, próximo a, junto a;
v.
come ___venga; ven;
to get ___llevarse bien.
References in classic literature ?
Amy followed, but she poked her hands out stiffly before her, and jerked herself along as if she went by machinery, and her "Ow
About the third or fourth or fifth time that we swung out into the glare -- it was along there somewhere, a couple of hours or so after sun-up -- it wasn't as pleas- ant as it had been.
We told him he could move along if he was in a hurry.
And there was the ferryboat full of people floating along down.
It warn't no trouble to see that he WANTED to talk about it, but always along at first he would scare away from it when he got on the very edge of it, and go to talking about something else.
While the boy was still gazing up the valley, and fancying, as he always did, that the Great Stone Face returned his gaze and looked kindly at him, the rumbling of wheels was heard, approaching swiftly along the winding road.
Plan of the Salt Lake expedition Great sandy deserts Sufferings from thirst Ogden's River Trails and smoke of lurking savages Thefts at night A trapper's revenge Alarms of a guilty conscience A murderous victory Californian mountains Plains along the Pacific Arrival at Monterey Account of the place and neighborhood Lower California Its extent The Peninsula Soil Climate Production Its settlements by the Jesuits Their sway over the Indians Their expulsion Ruins of a missionary establishment Sublime scenery Upper California Missions Their power and policy Resources of the country Designs of foreign nations
It was a pretty scene outside the house: the farmers and their families were moving about the lawn, among the flowers and shrubs, or along the broad straight road leading from the east front, where a carpet of mossy grass spread on each side, studded here and there with a dark flat-boughed cedar, or a grand pyramidal fir sweeping the ground with its branches, all tipped with a fringe of paler green.
I could not, however, overcome a certain feeling of trepidation as we made our way along these gloomy solitudes.
WHILE the various companies we have noticed were pushing their enterprises far and wide in the wilds of Canada, and along the course of the great western waters, other adventurers, intent on the same objects, were traversing the watery wastes of the Pacific and skirting the northwest coast of America.
Without involving myself in a dispute I shall merely observe that, so far as my experience goes, the square pieces of pasteboard now delivered to passengers are much more convenient and useful along the road than the antique roll of parchment.
They got along quite well at first, but when they reached the middle of the river the swift current swept the raft downstream, farther and farther away from the road of yellow brick.