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verb \ə-ˈlīn\

Simple Definition of align

  • : to arrange things so that they form a line or are in proper position

  • : to change (something) so that it agrees with or matches something else

  • : to join a group that is supporting or opposing something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of align

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring into line or alignment

  3. 2 :  to array on the side of or against a party or cause <he aligned himself with the protesters>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to get or fall into line

  6. 2 :  to be in or come into precise adjustment or correct relative position



Examples of align in a sentence

  1. He aligned the two holes so he could put the screw through them.

  2. The two parts of the machine are not properly aligned.

  3. The text aligns with the bottom of the picture.

  4. The schools had to align their programs with state requirements.

  5. She is aligning with other senators to oppose his nomination.

Variants of align



Origin and Etymology of align

French aligner, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + ligne line, from Latin linea

First Known Use: circa 1693

Rhymes with align

A-line, affine, airline, alkyne, alpine, assign, at sign, balkline, baseline, beeline, benign, bloodline, blue line, blush wine, bovine, bowline, branchline, breadline, bright-line, buntline, bustline, byline, call sign, canine, caprine, carbine, carmine, cervine, chow line, clothesline, cloud nine, coastline, combine, compline, condign, confine, consign, corvine, cosign, cutline, dateline, deadline, decline, define, design, divine, dragline, driveline, earthshine, Einstein, eiswein, end line, enshrine, entwine, equine, ethyne, fall line, fault line, feline, ferine, first-line, flatline, flight line, foul line, fräulein, frontline, front line, goal line, gold mine, grapevine, guideline, hairline, hard-line, hard pine, headline, hemline, high sign, hipline, Holbein, hotline, ice wine, incline, indign, in fine, in-line, Irvine, jawline, jug wine, landline, land mine, lang syne, lifeline, load line, longline, lupine, mainline, main line, malign, midline, moline, moonshine, neckline, off-line, old-line, online, opine, outline, outshine, ovine, Pauline, peace sign, Petrine, pipeline, piscine, pitch pine, plotline, plumb line, plus sign, pontine, porcine, potline, pound sign, propine, punch line, rapine, recline, redline, red pine, refine, reline, repine, resign, Rhine wine, ridgeline, roofline, Sabine, saline, Scotch pine, scrub pine, setline, shoreline, short line, sideline, sight line, skyline, snow line, soft-line, spring line, straight-line, strandline, straw wine, streamline, strip mine, strychnine, subline, sunshine, supine, syncline, taurine, tie-line, times sign, topline, touchline, towline, tramline, trapline, tree line, trephine, trotline, truckline, trunk line, tumpline, turbine, untwine, ursine, vespine, V sign, vulpine, waistline, white line, white pine, white wine, woodbine, yard line, zebrine, Z line

ALIGN Defined for Kids


verb \ə-ˈlīn\

Definition of align for Students



  1. :  to arrange things so that they form a line or are in proper position <He aligned the two holes so he could put the screw through them.>

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