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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Recent Examples on the Web

Businesses can do so by, first, aligning with other like-minded firms. Fortune, "Energy Companies Have the Power to Act on Social Purpose," 5 Sep. 2019 In order to incorporate an investment into their marketing, a celebrity must first determine what positions align with their brand -- and most importantly, their audience. Brian Penick, Billboard, "Five Music Tech Investment Areas You Need to Know (Guest Column)," 5 Sep. 2019 Most restaurants, beach shops and hotels were stacking chairs, aligning sandbags and turning off the vacancy signs. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian wrecks Labor Day break at Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral," 1 Sep. 2019 Strong security, limited official acceptance of political dissent and social pluralism also help align electoral democracies under stress with non-democratic governments. David Mednicoff, The Conversation, "Why increasing Arab-Israeli closeness matters," 29 Aug. 2019 Zeiler and Clarifai didn’t respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press, though Zeiler has previously said the company’s Project Maven involvement aligns with its mission of accelerating human progress with continually improving AI. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Employees of Big Tech are speaking out like never before," 26 Aug. 2019 Remember: one of the most vital roles for the manager of a self-improving team is to ensure that incentives align with team improvement. Cate Huston, Quartz at Work, "How to build—and manage—a self-improving team," 19 Aug. 2019 Last year, Eisner started a new company, Incendiary, that would serve as a consultancy to help companies align their brands with broader causes beyond sales. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee advertiser Bill Eisner focusing on purpose rather than profits after cancer diagnosis," 6 Aug. 2019 Teen Vogue has reached out to Extinction Rebellion and Stella McCartney for clarification on how that mission aligns with this call to encourage consumers to purchase new seasonal pieces. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Stella McCartney Unveiled Its Winter 2019 Ad Campaign Featuring Members of Extinction Rebellion," 29 July 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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