Adjective "abreast" definition and examples

(Abreast may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Side by side and facing the same way.
  1. 'they were riding three abreast'
  2. 'You can see them walking three abreast and you have to walk into the road to get past.'
  3. 'The secret passage was wide enough for three or four men to walk abreast.'
  4. 'So when two cyclists - one of my other pet peeves - cut him off by riding two abreast, I kindly offered to open the passenger door and clean them up for him.'
  5. 'They are walking eight abreast, so that they take up all of the narrow pavement and spill out for several yards into the road.'
  6. 'A tiny arched drawbridge spanned the channel, wide enough for two people to walk abreast.'
  7. 'Over the Marriage Bridge the Honeymoon Path is broad, allowing a couple to walk abreast - until they reach an obstruction that represents the first difference of opinion.'
  8. 'Cyclists may feel a little more inclined to use the towpath if pedestrians did not walk four abreast and refuse to give way until the last minute and dog walkers kept their dogs on a short lead and cleaned up after their dogs.'
  9. 'The interior is so cramped that two people cannot walk abreast.'
  10. 'It is virtually impossible to walk two abreast along the pavement and for wheelchairs and pushchairs it is a complete nightmare.'
  11. 'Conveying a fluid sense of motion, simple outlines portray two lions walking abreast.'
Alongside or level with something.
  1. 'As I kept walking and came abreast with the ice cream vendor, I saw a sign on the front that said ‘Sorry, no power = no ice cream.’'
  2. 'As he came abreast of the viewing stand, he was coming full circle preparing to start the cycle again.'
  3. 'keeping abreast of developments'
  4. 'His treatment is based on the latest knowledge by a leading authority who has kept abreast of both the information and the debates.'
  5. 'Doctors do this kind of thing in order to keep abreast of developments in medicine and to keep our colleagues informed.'
  6. 'This helps keep him abreast of how Yorkshire has changed over the years - not that change is too rapid.'
  7. 'There are lots of things I think police officers do in their own time to keep them abreast of developments inside and outside the service.'
  8. 'It has a sizable business section with two writers sharing the job of keeping readers abreast the news.'
  9. 'In the meantime I want to keep you abreast of what's going on at this end.'
  10. 'Occasionally, I tune in to right wing talk radio to keep abreast of what the ‘dark side’ is up to.'
  11. 'Indeed, she reads the paper and a variety of magazines regularly, and likes to keep abreast of current affairs.'
  12. 'I texted that Hebron woman to keep her abreast of my news.'
  13. 'Mr Gonsell spends half an hour a day reading the New York Times and Washington Post to keep abreast with international news.'

More definitions

1. side by side; beside each other in a line: They walked two abreast down the street.

2. equal to or alongside in progress, attainment, or awareness (usually followed by of or with): to keep abreast of scientific developments; keeping abreast with the times.

More examples(as adjective)

"officials can be abreast of situations."

"spokesmen can be abreast."

"people can be abreast."

"officials can be abreast."

"people/places/organizations can be abreast."

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Late Middle English: from a- ‘in’ + breast.