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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Sailors used them to navigate into the harbor by aligning with the white light of the Upper Range, 39 feet above the water, and the red light of the Lower Range, 22 feet above the water. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 spectacular Lake Michigan lighthouses to visit in Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 This isn't the first year that the stars have aligned to support the racket-masters. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "All the Celebrities Who Went to Wimbledon This Year," 11 July 2018 Because the moon reflects light and does not give off any light of its own, when the moon, earth, and sun align, the earth disrupts and disperses the reflection of light on the surface of the moon, causing the visible change in hue. Southern Living, "July's Blood Moon Will Be the Longest Lunar Eclipse in 100 Years," 11 July 2018 Point your toes forward and keep your hips and chest aligned with the floor. Philly.com, "A beginner's guide to starting a yoga practice," 10 July 2018 While sharpening removes steel from the knife to create a new edge, honing re-aligns the wire in the edge of the blade to keep it in working order. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The Best Affordable Chef's Knives and How to Keep Them Sharp," 8 July 2018 Crucially, when the two blocks were inked, aligned and printed, one after the other, those deep cuts let the white paper show through. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 But its usage, driven mostly by demand for gasoline, remained 10 percent below the 2005 peak, aligning with recent predictions gasoline will soon be displaced as a main driver of crude demand worldwide. Katherine Blunt, San Antonio Express-News, "U.S. fossil fuel consumption reaches lowest share in a century," 3 July 2018 But its usage, driven mostly by demand for gasoline, remained 10 percent below the 2005 peak, aligning with recent predictions gasoline will soon be displaced as a main driver of crude demand worldwide. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. fossil fuel consumption reaches lowest share in a century," 3 July 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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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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