Definition of align
1 : to bring into line or alignment <aligned the books on the shelf>
2 : to array on the side of or against a party or cause <He aligned himself with the protesters.>
1 : to get or fall into line <He aligned with his friends against a common enemy.>
2 : to be in or come into precise adjustment or correct relative position <Negative ends of molecules align with positive ends of other molecules.>
Examples of align in a sentence
He aligned the two holes so he could put the screw through them.
The two parts of the machine are not properly aligned.
The text aligns with the bottom of the picture.
The schools had to align their programs with state requirements.
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
ALIGN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of align for English Language Learners
: 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
ALIGN Defined for Kids
Definition of align for Students
: 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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