\ 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.

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Victoria Hall, executive director of the Raptor Center, and her colleagues align with the hawk-laid-an-egg-in-an-eagle-nest theory. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 Americans' political views often don't align neatly with a single party but instead draw on both conservative and liberal positions. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 20 July 2021 At that point, several astronomical forces align to amplify the lows of low tide and highs of high tide, and the latter can cause nuisance floods. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2021 The city and county plans likely would align, Singer said, even if the city’s goes into effect first. Austen Erblat,, 13 July 2021 These experiences align with kids’ developmental needs. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 The resolution would align the county with Florida and 15 states that have now abandoned efforts to block a settlement agreement proposed by Purdue lawyers. Martin E. Comas,, 12 July 2021 Apparently the unvarnished account of the Facebook story did not align with her vision of the company and her role as its second-in-command. Brian Stelter, CNN, 12 July 2021 California officials and local health agencies throughout the state have continued to align with the CDC guidance on masking recommendations. Los Angeles Times, 4 July 2021

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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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The first known use of align was circa 1693

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25 Jul 2021

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“Align.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


\ 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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