\ ə-ˈlīn How to pronounce align (audio) \
variants: or less commonly aline
aligned also alined; aligning also alining; aligns also alines

Definition of align

transitive verb

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.

intransitive verb

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.

Other Words from align

aligner noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Look to do brand collaborations that align with your personal and professional values. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 16 Sep. 2022 Her brand includes a variety of products that align with her new lifestyle that's all about mindfulness and zen. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 1 Sep. 2022 The world's nations agreed at international climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, last year to come to this year's talks in Egypt with emissions reductions plans that align with the Paris Agreement. Angela Dewan, CNN, 26 Aug. 2022 One practical example is employee groups created to build community and create leadership opportunities for talented employees to advance key initiatives that align with their values. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 Being able to promote their buildings as low carbon can benefit owners because many companies want to lease space in properties that align with their own sustainability goals. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2022 When ISAs first launched, proponents claimed that market discipline would produce transparent products that would align the interests of schools and students, Kaufman said. Wired, 13 Aug. 2022 VegNews reports that Paul is among athletes who endorse products that align with his value of health and wellbeing. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 26 July 2022 Aside from the classic assortments of goodies, find bags big enough to please all of your party guests and more specialized candies that align with specific themes. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of align

circa 1693, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for align

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

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23 Sep 2022

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\ ə-ˈlīn How to pronounce align (audio) \
aligned; aligning

Kids Definition of align

: 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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