align

verb
\ 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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The later start would better align with their biological clocks and allow students to get more sleep, Beresford said, both of which research has shown is critical to teenagers. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel is considering changing school start times. Here's when students would start.," 14 June 2019 The move aligned the 300-year-old institution closer to keeping its own behavioral guidelines, brought in two years earlier, that banned drinking during work. David Hodari, Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Hey Traders, It’s 2019—No More Drinking on the Job," 14 June 2019 The new collective bargaining agreement established terms closer to what the players had demanded — and, importantly, more closely aligned the earning potential of the women with that of the men. Tate Royer, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: The biggest fight facing the U.S. women’s soccer team isn’t on the field," 14 June 2019 This aligns with economists’ predictions, as well as with similar analyses of the trade data. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The trade war is already pushing businesses out of China—and it could be permanent," 14 June 2019 Sadly, Biden has aligned himself with the radical minority. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: Biden’s surrender on abortion is theater of the absurd," 12 June 2019 The stars have aligned for Aly & AJ’s new music video. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Watch Aly & AJ's 'Star Maps' music video featuring stars from Shameless, Drag Race, Silicon Valley, The Goldbergs, and more," 12 June 2019 All of these align with a common belief in our society that there’s a dividing line between adulthood and childhood, and that standards and accountability need to be separate and more forgiving for youth. Darren Shou, WIRED, "The Next Big Privacy Hurdle? Teaching AI to Forget," 12 June 2019 The Missouri report's findings align with national trends. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Black drivers in Missouri are 91% more likely to be stopped than white drivers, a report finds," 11 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for align

align

verb

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

align

verb
\ 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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