a·long (ə-lông, ə-lŏng)
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.
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.
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