align·​ment | \ ə-ˈlīn-mənt How to pronounce alignment (audio) \
variants: or less commonly alinement

Definition of alignment

1 : the act of aligning or state of being aligned especially : the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts (as of a mechanical or electronic device) in relation to each other
2a : a forming in line
b : the line thus formed
3 : the ground plan (as of a railroad or highway) in distinction from the profile
4 : an arrangement of groups or forces in relation to one another new alignments within the political party

Examples of alignment in a Sentence

The school has to bring its programs into alignment with state requirements. New alignments have been created within the political party.
Recent Examples on the Web After her initial meeting with the co-founder of Open thanks to a connection through a client, Ekeleme realized how much alignment there was between the studio and herself. Essence, "Mindset and Movement Educator Catherine Ekeleme Talks Yoga and Breathwork As Healing For Black Folks," 10 May 2021 Quip can accomodate a wide variety of alignment cases, from light to heavy, starting at $1,995 (or $99 per month). Anthony Karcz, Forbes, "Quip Enters Crowded Clear Aligner Market With Intriguing Hybrid Model," 10 May 2021 Venice has a large fence around its outfield, but left field is a little shorter under the new alignment, causing issues. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Prep Rally: The Times’ All-Star football team," 10 May 2021 One first step toward improving alignment may be learning how to sit properly. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, "Lower Back Pain, Sore Necks, Hunched Shoulders: How WFH Isn’t Working for Our Bodies," 6 May 2021 Cheney has a 98% positivity rating from the conservative Heritage Foundation, which rates lawmakers based on their voting records' alignment with the think tank's political arm. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Who is Liz Cheney? House Republicans' No. 3, daughter of a VP, Trump critic," 6 May 2021 There's also bipartisan alignment about proposals involving public-private partnerships. Star Tribune, "AP-NORC poll: Government should help Americans age at home," 3 May 2021 Tuipuloto was a dominant run defender at every defensive tackle alignment for the last three seasons. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Draft: Best remaining prospects (final day)," 1 May 2021 On the north end, the Martinez Creek alignment runs below and parallel to Interstate 10, on the east side of the highway, to just north of Hildebrand Avenue. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "West Side residents hope creek restoration, more trails will revitalize community," 1 May 2021

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First Known Use of alignment

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2021

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“Alignment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of alignment

: the state of being arranged in a line or in proper position
: the state or condition of agreeing with or matching something else
: the state of being joined with others in supporting or opposing something


align·​ment | \ ə-ˈlīn-mənt How to pronounce alignment (audio) \

Kids Definition of alignment

: the state of being arranged in a line or in proper position The machine was not working properly because its parts were out of alignment.

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