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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-brest]
    • /əˈbrɛst/
    • /əˈbrest/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-brest]
    • /əˈbrɛst/

Definitions of abreast word

  • adverb abreast If people or things walk or move abreast, they are next to each other, side by side, and facing in the same direction. 3
  • adjective abreast alongside each other and facing in the same direction 3
  • adjective abreast up to date (with); fully conversant (with) 3
  • adverb abreast side by side, as in going or facing forward 3
  • adverb abreast informed (of) or conversant (with) recent developments 3
  • noun abreast Side by side and facing the same way. 1

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Origin of abreast

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
First recorded in 1590-1600; a-1 + breast

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Parts of speech for Abreast


abreast popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abreast

adv abreast

  • beside — Something that is beside something else is at the side of it or next to it.
  • level — having no part higher than another; having a flat or even surface.
  • opposite — situated, placed, or lying face to face with something else or each other, or in corresponding positions with relation to an intervening line, space, or thing: opposite ends of a room.
  • side by side — one of the surfaces forming the outside of or bounding a thing, or one of the lines bounding a geometric figure.
  • in line — (of an internal-combustion engine) having the cylinders ranged side by side in one or more rows along the crankshaft.

adjective abreast

  • well-informed — having extensive knowledge, as in one particular subject or in a variety of subjects.
  • in on — If you are in on something, you are involved in it or know about it.
  • aligned — to arrange in a straight line; adjust according to a line.

adverb abreast

  • alongside — If one thing is alongside another thing, the first thing is next to the second.
  • next to — immediately following in time, order, importance, etc.: the next day; the next person in line.

verb abreast

  • alined — to arrange in a straight line; adjust according to a line.

Antonyms for abreast

adv abreast

  • lost — no longer possessed or retained: lost friends.
  • out of touch — not up to date
  • unaware — not aware or conscious; unconscious: to be unaware of any change.

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