variants or less commonly aline
aligned also alined; aligning also alining; aligns also alines

transitive verb

: to bring into line or alignment
aligned the books on the shelf
: to array on the side of or against a party or cause
He aligned himself with the protesters.

intransitive verb

: to get or fall into line
He aligned with his friends against a common enemy.
: 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

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 In the afternoon, Meghan will co-host an event of Women in Leadership with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organization, aligning with her longtime advocacy for women and girls. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 11 May 2024 As of now, 24 states have enacted laws to bar transgender athletes from participating in sports aligned with their gender identity, according to the Movement Advancement Project, a think tank that tracks L.G.B.T.Q. laws. Hurubie Meko, New York Times, 11 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for align 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1693, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of align was circa 1693

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Cite this Entry

“Align.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also aline
: to bring into or be in line or alignment
: to cause to be for or against something (as a belief or political party)
aligned himself with the opposition
aligner noun

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