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adverb, preposition alongside pronunciation in British English /əˈlɒŋˌsaɪd/
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Alongside can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun): A police car drove up alongside us.
as an adverb (without a following noun): Peter was riding on a donkey with his father walking alongside.
  1. 1
    along the side of something, or close to the side of it
    The railway runs alongside the road.
    The Russian flag was flying alongside the American Stars and Stripes.
  2. 2
    working with someone
    1. a.
      if you work alongside someone, you work with them in the same place and for the same purpose
      Volunteers worked alongside professional builders in a massive reconstruction programme.
      Leslie Caron starred alongside Maurice Chevalier in the musical Gigi.
      We worked alongside people from 71 other countries.
    2. b.
      if you play or fight alongside someone in a game or war, you play or fight in the same team or on the same side with them
      In the battle, British troops fought alongside US marines.
  3. 3
    important enough to be considered as being in the same class as someone or something else that is well known
    When he dies he will take his place alongside Shakespeare and Dickens as one of the truly great writers of his time.
  4. 4
    if different systems, processes, or ideas exist alongside each other, they exist at the same time
    She was given responsibility for difficult children alongside her existing workload.
  5. 5
    used for showing that you are comparing one person or thing with another
    Our profits seem small alongside the amounts that the big companies make.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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