\ 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 The grant will align health education programming with the Comprehensive K-12 Health Education Framework. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2022 If employees have a firm understanding of those concepts, then communications will align better. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Beginning in the early morning hours of Friday, June 3, the five planets of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will align in planetary order. Megan Marples And Ashley Strickland, CNN, 2 June 2022 This workbook will align with the look and feel of your brand, as directed by the marketing team. Outside Online, 1 Mar. 2022 Orange County will align with the state next Wednesday and won’t have a local indoor mask mandate in public settings. Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2022 In the process, a team of school staff read multiple options and discussed how each would align with class goals, according to an email sent by Kristi Brooks, director of student learning at the time. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 18 July 2022 Use the actionable ideas from this exercise to strategize, align and implement a ten-year plan for innovation success. Lisa Bodell, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Bold seasonal trends like colorful matching sets and crochet bags align with the lighthearted attitude of the necklaces, earrings, and even anklets ahead. Aemilia Madden, Vogue, 16 July 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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6 Aug 2022

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“Align.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 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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