abreast
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /əˈbɹɛst/
Adverb

abreast (not comparable)

  1. Side by side and facing forward. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470.)]
  2. (figurative) Alongside; parallel to. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  3. Informed, well-informed, familiar, acquainted. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  4. Followed by of or with: up to a certain level or line; equally advanced. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
    She believes it is important to keep abreast of new scientific developments.
  5. (nautical) Side by side; also, opposite; on a line with the vessel's beam. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
  6. (obsolete) At the same time; simultaneously.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: côte à côte
  • German: beieinander
  • Italian: affiancato, di pari passo
  • Portuguese: lado a lado
  • Russian: (please verify) в ряд (v rjad) attention ru, (please verify) на одно́й ли́нии (na odnój línii) attention ru, бок о́ бок
  • Spanish: de lado a lado
Translations
  • Italian: al traverso
  • Russian: (please verify) на одно́й ли́нии (na odnój línii) attention ru, на траверз
Translations
  • German: Schritt (with halten), auf dem Laufenden (with bleiben), auf der Höhe (with bleiben)
Adjective

abreast (not comparable)

  1. Side by side, facing forward. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470.)]
  2. (figurative) Alongside; parallel to. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  3. Informed, well-informed, familiar, acquainted. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  4. Up to a certain level or line; equally advanced[First attested in the mid 17th century.]
    to keep abreast of [or with] the present state of science.
    • c. 1900, Kate Chopin, A Reflection
      Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy. 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.
  5. (nautical) Side by side; also, opposite; over against; on a line with the vessel's beam. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
Preposition
  1. Abreast of; alongside.
    This ship sank abreast the island.



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