\ 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 By cooperating with each other, the three schools can align programs and curriculum to complement one another, tapping into strengths. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 22 May 2022 Talent, charisma, business acumen and market conditions must align just right. Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Information detailing the exile in the lawsuit also align with descriptions of Guo. Isaac Stanley-becker And Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2022 For the first time this year, the sun, Earth and moon will align on the night of May 15 into the morning hours of May 16 over North America, causing a lunar eclipse. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 9 May 2022 Without Roe, certain states would align with these countries. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Those demographic differences align with a major rift on economic issues between the two. Sofi Sinozich, ABC News, 3 May 2022 These solutions align with the EU’s climate objectives, which suggests that Russia’s gas cutoffs might ultimately accelerate European nations’ efforts to shift to renewable energy and more efficient use of electricity. Michael E. Webber, The Conversation, 29 Apr. 2022 The court’s ruling would align Italian naming practices with those of countries such as Mexico, where children’s surnames are often composed of the father’s followed by the mother’s. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 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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26 May 2022

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“Align.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 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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