Definition of abreast adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈbrest//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbrest//
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  • next to somebody/something and facing the same way cycling two abreast abreast of somebody/something A police car drew abreast of us and signalled us to stop.
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from a- ‘in’ + breast.Idioms
    keep abreast of something
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    to make sure that you know all the most recent facts about a subject It is almost impossible to keep abreast of all the latest developments in computing. I like to keep abreast of current affairs. It’s important to keep abreast with the latest legislation.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abreast