\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Many people have desires that align with getting vaccinated, and highlighting these in marketing will influence them. Roger Dooley, Forbes, "We Need A Vaccination CMO," 10 May 2021 Seven states currently ban trans people from competing on teams that align with their gender identity — six of which passed bans in 2021. NBC News, "Advocates say Jenner is 'out of touch' with LGBTQ issues — and America at large," 7 May 2021 On Saturday, a TMZ reporter asked Jenner about her stance on trans students being allowed to compete on school sports teams that align with their gender identity. Asia Ewart,, "Caitlyn Jenner Doesn’t Want Trans Girls To Participate In Girls Sports," 4 May 2021 There are also several religious celebrations that align with this moon, according to NASA. Ada Wood And Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Full moon in April 2021: When to see the 'Pink' supermoon," 26 Apr. 2021 Barring trans youth from participating in sports programs that align with their gender identity could have devastating personal consequences, said Liz Kurantowicz, a Republican strategist from Connecticut. Daniela Altimari,, "A Connecticut court case has set off a flood of bills to limit transgender rights across the nation.," 25 Apr. 2021 Florida is one of 16 states where high school athletic associations provide guidance that allows transgender students to join sports teams that align with their gender identity, according to the website Transathlete, which tracks such policies. Brooke Baitinger,, "Florida House takes up anti-transgender athlete bill," 14 Apr. 2021 There’s also wild quinine and compass plant with leaves that align north to south. Susan Degrane,, "Bring on the butterflies: Beverly area schools, residents, businesses join effort to Save the Monarchs," 13 Apr. 2021 For an even more personalized tour of the art world, though, art advisors and consultants can tap into your tastes and ambitions, then introduce you to artists and works that align with those goals. Kaitlin Petersen, House Beautiful, "Should You Hire an Art Advisor?," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Align.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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


\ 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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