AskDefine | Define abreast

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abreast adv : alongside each other, facing on the same direction

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Prefix a- + breast



  1. Informed, well-informed, familiar, acquainted
  2. Side by side, with breasts in a line; as,
    • Two men could hardly walk abreast. - Macaulay
  3. Side by side; also, opposite; over against; on a line with the vessel's beam; -- with of.
  4. Up to a certain level or line; equally advanced; as, to keep abreast of [or with] the present state of science.
  5. : At the same time; simultaneously


Side by side
nautical: side by side; also, opposite; over against; on a line with the vessel's beam
up to a certain level or line

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abeam, acquainted, along by, alongside, au courant, au fait, beside, by, coextensively, collaterally, contemporary, conversant, equidistantly, in parallel, informed, nondivergently, parallelly, parallelwise, red-hot, side-by-side, up, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute, versed
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