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1. Keeping pace with someone or something. Charlie finished the race in second place because he could not stay abreast of the winner.
2. Knowing the most current information about a person, thing, or event. Typically used with the verb "keep." There are so many software vulnerabilities that it's difficult to keep abreast of them all. I'm worried about Stu, so please keep me abreast of any changes in his health.
keep abreast of something
To remain closely informed about something; to follow the developments of something or some situation. As a news correspondent for the region, it's my job to keep abreast of any changes in the political landscape here. The boss likes to keep abreast of all our projects, even down to the most mundane detail.
stay abreast of (someone or something)
1. To continually stay updated about the most current information about someone or something. There are so many software vulnerabilities that it's difficult to stay abreast of them all.
2. To keep pace with someone or something. Charlie finished the race in second place because he could not stay abreast of the winner.
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*abreast of someone or something
1. Lit. keeping even with someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; keep ~; Stay ~.) I had to run hard to stay abreast of Sally.
2. Fig. knowing the news about someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; keep ~; Stay ~.) The press corps has to keep abreast of the president.
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keep abreast of
Stay or cause to stay up-to-date with, as in He's keeping abreast of the latest weather reports, or Please keep me abreast of any change in his condition. This term alludes to the nautical sense of abreast, which describes ships keeping up with each other. [Late 1600s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
keep aˈbreast of somethingmake sure that you know all the most recent facts about a subject: It is almost impossible to keep abreast of all the latest developments in computing.
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