align

verb
\ə-ˈlīn \
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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And as Max Fisher explained in his 2016 Vox feature on Saudi influence in American politics, there’s nothing all that unusual about political elites aligning their foreign policy views with Gulf money. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There’s nothing “America First” about Trump’s Saudi policy," 21 Nov. 2018 These will be powerful for helping people align with their values and put that into action and behavior. Angela Chen, The Verge, "These are the technology advances that could end animal farming," 9 Nov. 2018 This creates space and time to see if saying yes aligns with your big dreams and goals. SELF, "6 Tips for Pushing Fear Aside So You Can Finally Reach Your Fitness Goals," 31 Oct. 2018 The value prop for an international student is not quite as aligned. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: 2U CEO Chip Paucek on Recode Decode," 14 Oct. 2018 Perhaps the timing of Ditte and Nicolaj’s Ganni in the late aughts, ushering in a fresh interpretation of Scandinavian style, aligned well with our collective tiring of these mythical style icons. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "How Ganni Came to Dictate Everything You Want to Wear Right Now," 10 Oct. 2018 In a 2015 interview with AARP The Magazine, Selleck praised how his hardworking parents raised him, and has continuously aligned their encouragement of risk-taking with his own success. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Who Is Tom Selleck? Everything You Need to Know About the 'Blue Bloods' Star," 7 Aug. 2018 One group aligned with Democrats began running ads Thursday in the home states of Sens. Catherine Lucey And Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, "Former Notre Dame professor among Trump's finalists for Supreme Court, source says," 5 July 2018 These sheets were floated on germanium, allowing them to align with a vertical silicon surface. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Memristors built with 2-nanometer-thick parts," 14 Nov. 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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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 \
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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