Abreast meaning

ə-brĕst'
Up to date.

Keeping abreast of the latest developments.

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Abreast is defined as things that are next to each other.

An example of abreast is a row of soldiers marching in a parade.

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Up to a certain level or line; equally advanced; as, to keep abreast of [or with] the present state of science. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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Side by side.

Ships docked two abreast.

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Informed, well-informed, familiar, acquainted. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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Side by side, as in going or facing forward.
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Informed (of) or conversant (with) recent developments.
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Side by side, facing forward. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470.)]
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(figuratively) Alongside; parallel to. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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Up to a certain level or line; equally advanced; as, to keep abreast of [or with] the present state of science. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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(nautical) Side by side; also, opposite; over against; on a line with the vessel's beam. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
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Side by side, facing forward. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470.)]
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(figuratively) Alongside; parallel to. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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Informed, well-informed, familiar, acquainted. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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(nautical) Side by side; also, opposite; over against; on a line with the vessel's beam. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
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Abreast of; alongside.

This ship sank abreast the island.

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Abreast means to keep up with something and to stay up-to-date.

An example of abreast is the president of a company that stays informed on the competition’s new products.

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Origin of abreast

  • From Middle English a (“on”) + brest (“breast”), in sense “breasts (chests) in line, side-by-side and exactly equally advanced”; roughly “breast-by-breast”.
    From Wiktionary