al·​lied | \ ə-ˈlīd , ˈa-ˌlīd \

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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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 Six decades after the Korean War, Washington expects the remains of 200 U.S. soldiers and allied service members to return from Pyongyang in the coming days. Laignee Barron, Time, "U.S. Expects North Korea to Return Troop Remains in the Coming Days," 20 June 2018 The assault forced American and allied troops into a desperate retreat. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 The New York Times reported that Trump has asked the Pentagon to prepare plans for scaling back the U.S. military presence in the allied Asian nation. Matthew Pennington,, "Trump says that he's set a date and location for landmark North Korea summit," 4 May 2018 Image The military exercise, which involved 18,000 American and allied troops, offers a window into how Army commanders are countering not just Russian troops and tanks, but also twisted truths. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "In Eastern Europe, U.S. Military Girds Against Russian Might and Manipulation," 27 June 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 , 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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