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a·breast

abreast

 
pronunciation:
brest
parts of speech:
adverb, adjective
features:
Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adverb
definition 1: side by side.
The police officers stood abreast, blocking the entrance to the building.
 
synonyms:
side by side
similar words:
alongside
definition 2: in full awareness; up to date (usu. fol. by "of").
We are trying to remain abreast of the latest developments.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: side by side.
The two desks had been abreast but now they faced each other.
synonyms:
side by side
similar words:
adjacent, aligned, parallel
definition 2: fully informed or aware; up to date (usu. fol. by "of").
We need to be abreast of any new incidents of this kind.
synonyms:
aware, informed, up-to-date
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