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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abreast(p), au courant, au fait, up on(p)adverb

    being up to particular standard or level especially in being up to date in knowledge

    "kept abreast of the latest developments"; "constant revision keeps the book au courant"; "always au fait on the latest events"; "up on the news"

  2. abreastadverb

    alongside each other, facing in the same direction


  1. abreastadverb

    Informed, well-informed, familiar, acquainted

  2. abreastadverb

    Side by side, facing forward, with breasts in a line; as,

  3. abreastadverb

    Side by side; also, opposite; over against; on a line with the vessel's beam.

  4. abreastadverb

    Up to a certain level or line; equally advanced; as, to keep abreast of [or with] the present state of science.

  5. abreastadverb

    At the same time; simultaneously

  6. abreastpreposition

    Abreast of; alongside.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abreastadverb

    side by side, with breasts in a line; as, "Two men could hardly walk abreast."

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + breast.]

  2. Abreastadverb

    side by side; also, opposite; over against; on a line with the vessel's beam; -- with of

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + breast.]

  3. Abreastadverb

    up to a certain level or line; equally advanced; as, to keep abreast of [or with] the present state of science

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + breast.]

  4. Abreastadverb

    at the same time; simultaneously

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + breast.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abreast

    a-brest′, adv. with fronts in a line: side by side: (naut.) opposite to. [Prep. a, on, and Breast.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. abreast

    Side by side, parallel, or opposite to; generally used in opposition to abaft or afore.--Line abreast means a fleet advancing or retreating uniformly on a line parallel with the beam.--Abreast of a place, is directly off it; a direction at right angles with the keel or ship's length. In the army the term was formerly used for any number of men in front; but at present they are determined by files.--Abreast. Within-board, signifies on a parallel with the beam.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abreast in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abreast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of abreast in a Sentence

  1. Vytenis Andriukaitis:

    Rest assured that Federal Communications Commission will keep abreast of future developments in view of safeguarding the health of the European citizens at the highest level possible.

  2. Bobby Rahal:

    The high speed ovals certainly represent the greatest risk because of the speed, because of the concrete wall and lately because of the closeness of the racing, which is far closer than it is in Formula One, the cars are very safe today but there is still that ultimate risk regardless and that will always exist. When you are side-by-side or three abreast it doesn't take much.

  3. Steffany Kisling:

    I love it, it keeps me abreast of what our students are going through, and I get more stories to tell.

  4. Former Vice President Joe Biden:

    But otherwise, I'm just doing the things like we're doing with you now, and trying to keep abreast and trying to urge and, how can I say it, cajole the President into doing the things that should've been done or could be done faster.

  5. John Kuczwanski:

    While there have been no inquiries by our participants regarding this issue, we are keeping abreast of any developments.

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Translations for abreast

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  • един до друг, на един ред, рамо до рамо, редомBulgarian
  • auf dem Laufenden, beieinanderGerman
  • de lado a lado, al corriente, de frenteSpanish
  • kursisEstonian
  • ajan tasalla, rinnakkain, kyljittäin, vierivieressä, tasalla, tietoinen, vierekkäinFinnish
  • au courant, côte à côteFrench
  • di pari passo, affiancato, aggiornata, al passo, al traverso, aggiornato, al correnteItalian
  • op de hoogte, welingelicht, bekend, goed ingelicht, zij aan zijDutch
  • obok siebiePolish
  • [[bem]] [[informado]], lado a ladoPortuguese
  • рядом, [[на]] [[траверз, борт о борт, бок о бокRussian
  • அருகில்Tamil

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