UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈlɒŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˈlɔŋ, əˈlɑŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə lông, ə long)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•long /əˈlɔŋ, əˈlɑŋ/USA pronunciation   prep. 
  1. over the length or direction of;
    in a line with:walking along the highway at night.
  2. in the course of: I lost my hat along the way.
  3. in conformity or accordance with: Let's keep going along the lines we proposed earlier.

  1. parallel:He ran along beside me.
  2. so as to go forward or progress;
    onward:Move along.
  3. as a companion;
    with one: She took her brother along.
  4. from one person or place to another:The order was passed along.
  5. toward a goal or completion:The work is coming along quite nicely.
  6. as an accompanying item: Bring along your umbrella.
  1. Idiomsall along, from the start:has been hiding something all along.
  2. Idiomsalong with: 
    • together with;
      at the same time as:They escaped along with a few other prisoners.
    • in cooperation or company with:He planned the project along with his associates.
  3. Idioms be along, [no object] Informal. to arrive at a place: They should be along soon.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•long  (ə lông, ə long),USA pronunciation 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.

  1. by the length;
    parallel to or in a line with the length or direction:He ran along beside me.
  2. with a progressive motion;
    onward:The police ordered the line to move along.
  3. (of time) some way on:along toward evening.
  4. in company;
    in agreement (usually fol. by with):I'll go along with you. He planned the project along with his associates.
  5. as a companion;
    with one:She took her brother along.
  6. 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.
  7. at or to an advanced place or state:Work on the new ship is quite far along.
  8. as an accompanying item;
    on hand:Bring along your umbrella.
  9. all along, all the time;
    throughout:I knew all along that it was a lie.
  10. Dialect Termsalong of, [Chiefly Southern U.S.]and Brit. Dial.
    • owing to;
      because of:We weren't invited, along of your rudeness.
    • in company with:You come along of me to the store.
  11. be along, [Informal.]to arrive at a place;
    come:They should be along soon.
  12. get along. See  get (def. 33).
  • bef. 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 origin, originally sense "facing''; compare answer) + lang long1

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
along /əˈlɒŋ/ prep
  1. over or for the length of, esp in a more or less horizontal plane: along the road
  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 withaccompanying; together with: consider the advantages along with the disadvantages
Etymology: Old English andlang, from and- against + lang long1; compare Old Frisian andlinga, Old Saxon antlang

'along' also found in these entries:
Collocations: along the [road, river, path], [sang, cheered] along with [the class, the others, the fans, them], [all, somewhere] along the way, more...

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