\ 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

There were years of planning, making sure that staggered contract commitments aligned for one perfect opportunity. Rob Mahoney,, "The Warriors, NBA Free Agency and What Comes Next," 28 June 2019 Key factors align In the big picture, heavy rainfall this winter and snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada this spring and early summer has flushed, cleansed and sweetened bay-delta waters. Tom Stienstra,, "Bay anglers score best catch numbers in a lifetime," 27 June 2019 That may be where Amazon and Rite Aid’s interests really align. Sebastian Herrera, WSJ, "Amazon Adds Rite Aid Locations to Package Delivery Network," 27 June 2019 Miller’s Beth, shrouded like Crowe in layers of rubberized wrinkles and pancake foundation, is a fascinating cipher of a dutiful wife, but one whose own prejudices neatly align with her husband’s. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Loudest Voice Stops Short of Revealing Roger Ailes," 27 June 2019 Anyone who aligns their life with Jesus follows in his footsteps of helping others. ... Jennifer Johnson,, "Shout Out: Eric Flood, Maine East High School’s ’Outstanding Parent’," 27 June 2019 With so many of the candidates largely aligned on the big issues, the debates provide an opportunity to set themselves apart, especially for those at the back of the pack. John Buysse, Fortune, "Democratic Debate Candidates Disagree When It Comes to Medicare for All, Private Health Insurance," 27 June 2019 On the trail, candidates have been mostly vague about how their approach would align or differ. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "2020 Debates: What the candidates will talk about on the national stage," 25 June 2019 The bill, which aligns with Sanders’ progressive presidential candidate platform, will free millions from debt without any contingencies or eligibility limitations. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Bernie Sanders' New Plan Will Cancel All Student Loan Debt," 24 June 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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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 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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