along

along
/euh lawng", euh long"/, prep.
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.
adv.
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 fol. 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. all along, all the time; throughout: I knew all along that it was a lie.
13. along of, Chiefly Southern U.S. and Brit. Dial.
a. owing to; because of: We weren't invited, along of your rudeness.
b. in company with: You come along of me to the store.
14. be along, Informal. to arrive at a place; come: They should be along soon.
15. get along. See get (def. 33).
[bef. 900; ME; OE andlang, equiv. to and- (c. OS, ON and-, Goth and(a)-, OHG ant-, prefix with orig. sense "facing"; cf. ANSWER) + lang LONG1]

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  • Along — A*long [AS. gelang owing to.] (Now heard only in the prep. phrase {along of}.) [1913 Webster] {Along of}, {Along on}, often shortened to {Long of}, prep. phr., owing to; on account of. [Obs. or Low. Eng.] On me is not along thin evil fare.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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