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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To now align itself with a brand of Rodarte's caliber is a major achievement in expanding sizing in the luxury space. Glamour, "The Brand Known for Wowing on the Red Carpet is Releasing a Collection in Sizes 00 Through 40 and Under $250," 9 Apr. 2019 His En Marche party aligned itself with the ragtag set of centrist parties known in Brussels by the acronym ALDE to stir up support for his integrationist agenda. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe’s Missing Vote," 27 Dec. 2018 Other brands, including Balenciaga and Everlane, aligned themselves with important environmental and societal causes. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "From Runway Protests to A #MeToo Blackout, Here Are 12 Ways Fashion Tried to Change The World in 2018," 19 Dec. 2018 McMaster has aligned himself with Trump, defending the president’s handling of immigration and praising Trump’s recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Time, "President Trump Urges South Carolina to Vote for Gov. Henry McMaster," 25 June 2018 Madrid, who are currently sponsored by Adidas, would align themselves with Nike, who are currently Neymar's official sponsors. SI.com, "Neymar Reportedly Unwilling to Force Move as Real Madrid Prepare to Shatter Transfer Record," 10 June 2018 In their knee-jerk opposition to even an attempt at negotiation, these Senate Democrats are aligning themselves with the most belligerent elements of the Trump administration, notably national security advisor John Bolton. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Democrats need to give peace a chance in North Korea.," 7 June 2018 The production process is ethical and environmentally sustainable, aligning with Parachute's notable brand ethos of authenticity and social responsibility. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Parachute Launches New Collection of Cozy, Handwoven Area Rugs," 7 Mar. 2019 Long-Term Fixes More permanent solutions include constructing overpasses or underpasses as safe crossing points for the elephants, elevating the railway track, or re-aligning the track away from sensitive areas. National Geographic, "Can Bees Help Save Elephants From Train Strikes?," 20 June 2018

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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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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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