Abreast

Adjective

  • (figuratively) Alongside; parallel to. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  • (nautical) Side by side; also, opposite; over against; on a line with the vessel's beam. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
  • Side by side, facing forward. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470.)]
  • Up to a certain level or line; equally advanced; as, to keep abreast of [or with] the present state of science. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  • Informed, well-informed, familiar, acquainted. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]

Adverb

  • (figuratively) Alongside; parallel to. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  • (nautical) Side by side; also, opposite; over against; on a line with the vessel's beam. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
  • Side by side, facing forward. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470.)]
  • Up to a certain level or line; equally advanced; as, to keep abreast of [or with] the present state of science. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  • Informed, well-informed, familiar, acquainted. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  • (obsolete): At the same time; simultaneously

Preposition

  • Abreast of; alongside.

    "This ship sank abreast the island."

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