\ 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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Thames said Geary’s compensation aligns with school administrators of his caliber who run districts of similar size with similar challenges. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester school superintendent gets positive review, raise," 12 July 2019 The other 22 lawmakers, all Republicans who generally align with Dunleavy, contend that the actions in Juneau are illegitimate. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Big spending cuts and deadlines loom as the standoff continues among Alaska legislators and governor," 12 July 2019 But the bureaucratic machinery, primed by Assamese chauvinists aligned with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules both the state and the country, has been incentivised to reject as many as possible. The Economist, "India is declaring millions of its citizens to be foreigners," 11 July 2019 Commissioner Rob Manfred is responsible for 30 ownership groups whose interests are simple and largely aligned: Make and keep as much money as possible. Stephanie Apstein,, "Even Baseball's Best Players Are Hopelessly Overmatched in CBA Negotiations," 10 July 2019 That aligns with Digiday reporter Kerry Flynn’s tweet that 7 employees were let go, bringing HQ to fewer than 30 (shrinking from 35 to 28 staffers would be a 20% drop). Casey Newton, The Verge, "The ugly side of Facebook’s pivot to privacy is starting to show," 9 July 2019 Be specific in your communications so team members clearly understand if the group aligns with their purpose, passion, or key identifiers. Dear Sam | Expert Resume,, "How can I create an Employee Resource Group at work?," 5 July 2019 Absentee voters tend to skew older — a constituency that likely would have been more familiar and more ideologically aligned with Ms. Katz, said Bruce Gyory, an adjunct professor of political science at the University at Albany. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "The Shocking Final Count in the Queens D.A. Race: What Happened," 4 July 2019 The same franchise group that owns the other three South Florida locations, DMD Ventures, is aligning with Taillard to bring Twin Peaks to Hollywood. Michael Mayo,, "Whiskey Tango closes in Hollywood, Twin Peaks (with new balcony bar?) on the way," 3 July 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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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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