al·​lied | \ ə-ˈlīd How to pronounce allied (audio) , ˈa-ˌlīd How to pronounce allied (audio) \

Definition of allied

1 : having or being in close association : connected two families allied by marriage
2 : joined in alliance by compact or treaty specifically, capitalized : of or relating to the nations united against Germany and its allies in World War I or those united against the Axis powers in World War II
3a : related especially by common properties or qualities heraldry and allied subjects
b : related genetically

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Synonyms & Antonyms for allied


affiliated, akin, kindred, related



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Examples of allied in a Sentence

people with foreign language fluency and an allied skill such as the ability to relate to people from different cultures

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Once their torpedoes were expended, Kairyus would have then rammed allied ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "In the Last Days of World War II, Japan Fielded a Fleet of Kamikaze Mini-Subs," 11 Feb. 2019 The quagmire has deepened of late, with the Taliban continuing to wage attacks on Afghan and allied troops. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump will reportedly remove 7,000 troops from Afghanistan," 21 Dec. 2018 The captured American equipment not only gives militants increased firepower or protection, but is often used by the Taliban to disguise themselves as American or allied Afghan forces in an effort to slip past guards. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "U.S. gives Humvees to Afghan army and then blows them up when they fall into Taliban hands," 6 June 2018 German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, left, visited allied troops in Afghanistan in 2016. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "U.S.’s Mideast Pullout, Mattis Exit Alarm Europeans," 22 Dec. 2018 But Russia launched an air campaign in support of Assad in 2015, and Iran has sent thousands of military advisers and allied militiamen to aid his forces. Philip Issa, Fox News, "AP Explains: The looming, final battle for Syria's rebels," 31 Aug. 2018 Iran is one of Assad's strongest backers and has sent thousands of troops and allied militiamen to support his forces. Bassem Mroue,, "Chemical weapons watchdog to send inspectors to Syria," 10 Apr. 2018 Iran is one of Assad’s strongest backers and has sent thousands of troops and allied militiamen to support his forces. Time, "Chemical Weapons Experts to Inspect Gassed Syrian Town, Possibly to Prevent U.S. Military Action," 10 Apr. 2018 Erdogan says Turkish and allied forces have brought stability to the area, allowing children to return to schools. Fox News, "Turkey promises 'safe zones' in Kurdish-held parts of Syria," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of allied

circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of allied was circa 1518

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English Language Learners Definition of allied

: joined in a relationship in which people, groups, countries etc., agree to work together
: of or relating to the nations that fought together against Germany in World War I and World War II
somewhat formal : related or connected


al·​lied | \ ə-ˈlīd How to pronounce allied (audio) , ˈa-ˌlīd\

Kids Definition of allied

1 : being connected or related in some way chemistry and allied subjects
2 : joined in a relationship in which people, groups, or countries work together allied nations

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an act or instance of returning to life

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