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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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 To the north and the east, allied troops were struggling to push back the front line, which had nearly reached the French capital. Laurent Rebours, Houston Chronicle, "AP PHOTOS: Then and now: France's World War I battle-scape," 24 May 2018 Together with allied producers, OPEC began reducing oil production last year in a drive to clear a global glut; now, prices are near a three-year high., "Legal troubles continue for ex-Volkswagen CEO," 7 May 2018 In the lower Chamber of Deputies, candidates of Morena or allied parties were leading in 220 of 300 seats contested in Sunday’s elections, according to a count Monday by Milenio, the Mexican news outlet, with about 85% of the votes in. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Big gains in Congress, governorships for Mexico's president-elect," 3 July 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to back down in a clash over migration policy with an allied party, heightening the risk of a political crisis that could threaten her 13-year hold on power. Arne Delfs,, "Merkel Courts Government Crisis in Refugee Clash With Allies," 14 June 2018 Britain has evolved from an empire of colonies to membership in a Commonwealth of allied governments. Autumn Brewington,, "5 myths about the British royals," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of allied

circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of allied

: joined in a relationship in which people, groups, countries etc., agree to work together

Allied : of or relating to the nations that fought together against Germany in World War I and World War II

: 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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