\ 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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Officials said that system helped speed boarding somewhat, but train doors did not always align with the tape. Adam Vaccaro,, "MBTA wants to put barriers, doors on subway platforms," 5 July 2018 America’s story had always closely aligned with that of Exodus—the tale of a people who left behind an oppressive Old World to enter a wilderness and ultimately build a divinely inspired, promised land. John F. Ross, Smithsonian, "The Visionary John Wesley Powell Had a Plan for Developing the West, But Nobody Listened," 3 July 2018 Media members and Hollywood are in crisis mode at the thought of President Trump selecting a Supreme Court justice who doesn’t align with their liberal agenda. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Media, Hollywood in crisis mode over Justice Kennedy's retirement: 'Trump is disgusting and inhumane'," 28 June 2018 Recent reports of families being separated are disheartening and do not align with Delta's core values. CBS News, "DHS says airlines are "buckling to a false media narrative" amid border policy debate," 20 June 2018 Recent reports of families being separated are disheartening and do not align with Delta’s core values. Condé Nast Traveler, "U.S. Airlines Jump into Immigration Debate, Say They Won't Fly Children Separated from Parents," 20 June 2018 In the same period market movements have become more closely aligned internationally. The Economist, "Rate rises affect global markets—and may feed back to America," 14 June 2018 Higbie served as the director of advocacy for America First Policies, a non-profit closely aligned with the White House that reportedly raised $26 million to support president Trump's agenda. Andrew Kaczynski, CNN, "Carl Higbie, who left Trump administration over racist comments, resigns from Trump-aligned group," 8 June 2018 There are also signs the tariff fight isn’t as much a long-term job strategy as a tactic to push Europeans, at least, to align more closely with Trump policies worldwide. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Investors discount tariff threats as U.S. economy surges under Trump," 1 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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Phrases Related to align

align oneself with

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The first known use of align was circa 1693

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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 \
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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alleviating pain or harshness

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