align·​ment ə-ˈlīn-mənt How to pronounce alignment (audio)
variants or less commonly alinement
: the act of aligning or state of being aligned
especially : the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts (as of a mechanical or electronic device) in relation to each other
: a forming in line
: the line thus formed
: the ground plan (as of a railroad or highway) in distinction from the profile
: an arrangement of groups or forces in relation to one another
new alignments within the political party

Examples of alignment in a Sentence

The school has to bring its programs into alignment with state requirements. New alignments have been created within the political party.
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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alignment was in 1742

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Cite this Entry

“Alignment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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variants also alinement
: the act of aligning : the state of being aligned
: the proper adjustment of parts in relation to each other
: an arrangement of groups or forces
a new political alignment
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