\ 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 Consider these three activities to better align your front and back office change initiatives and accelerate your digital transformation: 1. Nadir Hirji, Forbes, "Return On Experience: How To Align Front And Back Office Transformation," 28 Apr. 2021 These medications can help align a transgender person’s body to their gender identity, leading to facial hair growth and a deeper voice in transgender boys, for example, and breast growth in transgender girls. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "FAQ: What you need to know about transgender children," 22 Apr. 2021 The Dutch blog reports that Samsung might be looking to ditch the Flip 2 name and align the clamshell handset to the larger foldable. Chris Smith, BGR, "The next-gen Galaxy Z Flip design might have leaked," 20 Apr. 2021 Union leaders pushed relentlessly for additional safeguards, which appear to surpass those across most of the nation, but align with many measures achieved by unions in large urban California districts. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. secondary school students face mostly online classes even when they return to campus," 11 Mar. 2021 And hopefully this is something that will keep that reminder in people’s minds and hopefully the organizations in this fight can align and really make some significant advances. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's Stephen Piscotty hopeful Lou Gehrig Day can drive momentum in fight for ALS cure," 4 Mar. 2021 Campaigns fighting for the officers to be held accountable fluidly align with the movement for Black lives, and the criticism of the criminal-justice system’s overreach and potential for brutality. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Muddled History of Anti-Asian Violence," 1 Mar. 2021 Beyond the above, here are some more specific and new releases from brands Shopping readers have shown interest in or whose products align with Shopping reader interests. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "New and Notable: Latest launches from Dell, Athleta, BirchBox and more," 22 Feb. 2021 There appears to be a new era in business that says your social currency should authentically align with your motives and actions. Paul L. Gunn Jr., Forbes, "Why Brands Should Use Their Influence To Make A Difference," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Align.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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