\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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Recent Examples on the Web

But the effort to bring together activists aligned with competing campaigns remains a work in progress. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Democrats push for unity in California House races after bruising primary," 13 July 2018 And it is notably produced by an organization closely aligned with the Democratic establishment. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The “pleasant ambiguity” of Medicare-for-all in 2018, explained," 2 July 2018 Such resistance aligned with his core childhood beliefs. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Steven Law, president of the Senate Leadership Fund, a campaign group aligned with McConnell, said the group began running ads Thursday in 10 states that Trump won in 2016 where Democratic senators are now up for re-election. CBS News, "Supreme Court nomination, confirmation process likely to mimic Gorsuch playbook," 29 June 2018 In February, the organization suggested districts adopt a new policy that more closely aligns with the attorney general’s recommended form for disclosing a conflict of interest. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "After executive's indictment, Scottsdale school board considers new conflict of interest policy," 28 June 2018 The ads represent a step change for the company, which closely aligned the two brands after a 1997 merger. Lizzy Alfs, USA TODAY, "Hardee's, Carl's Jr. chains part ways in fast-food image shakeup," 19 June 2018 However, most estimates put that number closer to $3 billion—a figure more closely aligned with Bloomberg’s latest projection. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Donald Trump's Net Worth Keeps Dropping. How the Presidency Is Making Him Poorer," 31 May 2018 Today, Ascot Opening Day is a far less mannerist affair, but equally fashion-aligned. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 20 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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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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