verb \ˈra-lē\

Definition of RALLY

transitive verb
a :  to muster for a common purpose
b :  to recall to order
a :  to arouse for action
b :  to rouse from depression or weakness
intransitive verb
:  to come together again to renew an effort
:  to join in a common cause
:  recover, rebound <rallied briefly from his illness>
:  to engage in a rally

Origin of RALLY

French rallier, from Old French ralier, from re- + alier to unite — more at ally
First Known Use: 1603



: a public meeting to support or oppose someone or something

finance : an increase in price or value after a decrease in price or value

sports : an occurrence in which a team or player that has been behind or playing badly begins to play well

plural rallies

Full Definition of RALLY

a :  a mustering of scattered forces to renew an effort
b :  a summoning up of strength or courage after weakness or dejection
c :  a recovery of price after a decline
d :  a renewed offensive
:  a mass meeting intended to arouse group enthusiasm
:  a series of shots interchanged between players (as in tennis) before a point is won
also ral·lye [French rallye, from English 1rally] :  an automobile competition using public roads and ordinary traffic rules with the object of maintaining a specified average speed between checkpoints over a route unknown to the participants until the start of the event

Examples of RALLY

  1. Supporters held a rally for the candidate.
  2. Protesters staged an antiwar rally.
  3. Stock prices are up after the dollar's rally yesterday.

First Known Use of RALLY


Rhymes with RALLY



Definition of RALLY

transitive verb
:  to attack with raillery :  banter

Origin of RALLY

French railler to mock, rally — more at rail
First Known Use: 1668


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Automobile competition using public roads and ordinary traffic rules. The object is to maintain a specified average speed between checkpoints; the route is unknown to the driver and navigator until the start of the event. Such competition began in 1907 with a Beijing-to-Paris event (12,000 km [7,500 mi]). The Monte-Carlo rally began in 1911. The Dakar (Senegal) Rally (15,000 km [9,300 mi]) is considered one of the most grueling rally events.

Variants of RALLY

rally or rallye


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