align

verb
\ 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

That did not align with my approach to designing modern African furniture. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "The Africa-Inspired Furniture Designs of Jomo Tariku Are Just Gorgeous," 1 Apr. 2019 For example, according to TCM, your chronic rosacea is probably aligned with other kinds of inflammation in your body, and that specific point on your face can be treated both externally and internally with needling. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Exactly Is Facial Acupuncture — And Why You Should Try It," 6 Feb. 2019 Fans weren't convinced Jake's Disney Channel exit was a mutual decision, many believing that Disney Channel wanted to cut ties with the YouTuber because of his recent antics not aligning with Disney's child-friendly image. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Jake Paul's Biggest Controversies," 26 Sep. 2018 Uber’s program aligns with an executive order issued by Gov. Jerry Brown this year that calls on California, home to 410,000 EVs, to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles to five million by 2030. Tracey Lien And Jennifer Van Grove, Philly.com, "Uber begins a push to get its drivers into electric cars," 28 June 2018 Today, Parachute is launching rugs that align with their cozy, bohemian style. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Parachute Has Just Launched Swoon-Worthy Handwoven Rugs," 7 Mar. 2019 In the 1980s and 1990s, the three scientists who received the award figured out how genetic time counters in cells aligned biological function to the 24-hour solar day. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Have Heart Surgery in the Afternoon," 26 Dec. 2018 Though initially suspicious of Saudi Arabia’s motivations, Kushner soon put his concerns aside, drawn in by proposals and initiatives that aligned with his Israel-Palestine priorities and the administration’s anti-violent extremism ones. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Saudi Arabia reportedly saw Jared Kushner as an impressionable target," 8 Dec. 2018 For now, Ribas and his team will continue to monitor the wobbles of Barnard’s star to further strengthen their claim — one that now aligns with numerous works of science fiction. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star," 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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The first known use of align was circa 1693

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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 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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