a|breast [əˈbrest] adv
1.) keep/stay abreast of sth
to make sure that you know all the most recent facts or information about a particular subject or situation
It's important to keep abreast of the latest developments in computers.
2.) walk/ride etc abreast
to walk, ride etc next to each other, all facing the same way
two/three/four etc abreast
(=with two, three, four etc people or vehicles next to each other)
The planes were flying four abreast.
3.) level with someone or something or in line with them
As the car drew abreast of him, Jack suddenly recognised the driver.

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