align

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verb \ə-ˈlīn\
variants: or less commonly

aline

Definition of align

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring into line or alignment aligned the books on the shelf

  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 He aligned with his friends against a common enemy.

  6. 2 :  to be in or come into precise adjustment or correct relative position Negative ends of molecules align with positive ends of other molecules.

aligner

noun

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.

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

align

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verb \ə-ˈlīn\

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

align

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verb \ə-ˈlīn\

Definition of align for Students

aligned

;

aligning

  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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