verb (1)
ral·​ly | \ ˈra-lē How to pronounce rally (audio) \
rallied; rallying

Definition of rally

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to muster for a common purpose
b : to recall to order
2a : to arouse for action
b : to rouse from depression or weakness

intransitive verb

1 : to come together again to renew an effort
2 : to join in a common cause
3 : recover, rebound rallied briefly from his illness
4 : to engage in a rally


plural rallies

Definition of rally (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a mustering of scattered forces to renew an effort
b : a summoning up of strength or courage after weakness or dejection
c : a recovery of price after a decline
d : a renewed offensive
2 : a mass meeting intended to arouse group enthusiasm
3 : a series of shots interchanged between players (as in tennis) before a point is won
4 or less commonly rallye [ French rallye, from English 1rally ] : an automobile competition using public roads and ordinary traffic rules with the object of maintaining a specified average speed between checkpoints over a route unknown to the participants until the start of the event


verb (2)
rallied; rallying

Definition of rally (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to attack with raillery : banter

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Synonyms for rally

Synonyms: Noun

marshaling (also marshalling), mobilization, rallying

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Examples of rally in a Sentence


Supporters held a rally for the candidate. Protesters staged an antiwar rally. Stock prices are up after the dollar's rally yesterday.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After thousands rallied against anti-Semitism in France earlier this year, The Epoch Times France transcribed of a YouTube video posted by Jean-Marie Le Pen, who thought there was no need for such a rally. Seth Hettena, The New Republic, "The Obscure Newspaper Fueling the Far-Right in Europe," 17 Sep. 2019 The 2011 Heat were a larger collective pariah than the 2017 Warriors, with nearly the entire basketball community (save one future Crossover writer) rallying behind Dallas. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Ranking the Best NBA Finals of the Past Decade," 16 Sep. 2019 Flag on the play: Hundreds of pro-gun advocates rallied outside the statehouse on Saturday, concerned at the recent push for red flag laws following the mass shooting in Dayton, the Columbus Dispatch’s Catherine Candisky reports. cleveland.com, "Trump campaign launching nationwide student grassroots program in Ohio: Capitol Letter," 16 Sep. 2019 Hastings rallies past Kempner The Bears trailed Kempner by a point entering the fourth quarter, but special teams stepped up twice in a 26-14 victory. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Alief notebook: Taylor stops Bush for first football win," 16 Sep. 2019 These sessions often prompt protests like the dueling rallies seen outside Chula Vista public library’s Civic Center branch last Tuesday. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Drag Queen Story Hour: glittery entertainment or gender-bending provocation?," 15 Sep. 2019 Elsewhere, the Florida Gators remained No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 8 in the coaches’ poll after rallying to beat Kentucky on the road under the direction of backup quarterback Kyle Trask. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF moves up in AP top 25 poll after win over Stanford," 14 Sep. 2019 Tucker, who was hired from the University of Georgia last December, became the 10th coach in CU history to open his ledger with a 2-0 record last Saturday after the Buffs rallied to knock off the then-No. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Meet Mini Mel: CU giving out Mel Tucker bobbleheads on Saturday," 11 Sep. 2019 Medvedev began winning more of the marathon rallies and cat-and-mouse scrambles for drop shots around the net. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Rafael Nadal Defeats Daniil Medvedev in the Best U.S. Open Men’s Final of This Century," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Prosecutors also said the men engaged in other racist and anti-Semitic activity before the rally. Washington Post, "Judge refuses to free extremists who attacked protesters," 17 Sep. 2019 The county where the rally is being held, Rio Rancho, went to Hillary Clintonin 2016, if only by just 1,800 votes. Fox News, "Trump, on offensive, hosts New Mexico rally, aiming to turn the state red," 17 Sep. 2019 Trump plans to discuss the New Mexico’s improving economy and job growth during the Monday night rally. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Trump’s Plan to Turn New Mexico Red Starts With Rio Rancho Rally Tonight," 16 Sep. 2019 The rally at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET). CBS News, "Trump to hold rally in New Mexico — live updates," 16 Sep. 2019 The Jaguars, despite the fourth-quarter rally, fell inches short, and the Texans (barely) secured their first win of the season, 13–12. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "NFL Week 2 Games That Came Down to the Wire," 15 Sep. 2019 Even with the rally and 14-10 halftime lead, Fickell said his team wasn't in control yet. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "Michael Warren II and Bryan Wright talk and walk as UC football's leaders," 14 Sep. 2019 The San Jose strike will begin at Diridon Station, 65 Cahill St. at 2:45 p.m., and the rally at city hall is scheduled to wrap up at 5 p.m. The Los Gatos strike starts at 2 p,m, at Summit House, 23123 Santa Cruz Highway off Highway 17. Michelle Pitcher, The Mercury News, "‘Last generation’ strikes to change views on climate change," 14 Sep. 2019 At the rally held by President Donald Trump in Fayetteville on the eve of election night in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, the atmosphere was festive. The Economist, "What a Republican victory in North Carolina means for 2020," 14 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Two days after gunmen killed more than 30 people in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Julie Learson rallied with 250 Connecticut residents on the steps of the state Capitol. Kelan Lyons, courant.com, "Mental illness is a distraction in conversations on gun violence, advocates say," 2 Sep. 2019 Members rallied with letters and calls about the club’s social and recreational value. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport’s Palisades Tennis Club to keep going after members appeal to landlord," 21 Aug. 2019 With almost prophetic foresight, the island’s leaders rallied to protect its precious ecosystem as more visitors clambered to make this place their seasonal destination. Vogue, "What’s Old Is New Again on Block Island," 14 Aug. 2019 Creek rallied with a kill and two block winners from Shaina Westfall to close within 10-9. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Volleyball: Dawson eases past Clear Creek in straight sets," 13 Aug. 2019 Stocks rallied further on Tuesday with news that the United States was delaying some tariffs from taking effect. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Stocks are up 27% during Trump's presidency," 13 Aug. 2019 At one of his last campaign stops ahead of national primaries on August 11th, Mauricio Macri, Argentina’s embattled president, rallied with thousands of farmers at the country’s annual agricultural show. The Economist, "Might Mauricio Macri be reelected in Argentina?," 10 Aug. 2019 The speed with which Uber alumni and the broader tech community rallied to support employees who lost their jobs is yet another example of the benefits that come from working at a powerful firm like Uber. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Laid-off Uber employees are using this crowdsourced spreadsheet to find new jobs," 2 Aug. 2019 Shares of companies that own PBMs rallied Thursday, with Cigna Corp. up 9.2% and CVS Health Corp. rising 4.7%. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump Administration Drops Plan to Curb Drug Rebates," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of rally

Verb (1)

1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rally

Verb (1)

French rallier, from Old French ralier, from re- + alier to unite — more at ally

Verb (2)

French railler to mock, rally — more at rail

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Financial Definition of rally

What It Is

A rally is a period of hours, days, weeks, months, or sometimes years during which securities prices consistently rise.

How It Works

Identifying and measuring rallies is both art and science. Of course, different market sectors may experience rallies at different times.

The causes and characteristics of rallies vary, but most financial theorists agree that economic cycles and investor sentiment both play a role in the creation and momentum of rallies. In general, information about a strong or strengthening economy, indicated by high employment, high disposable income, low inflation and high business profits usually ushers in a rally. The existence of several new trading highs for well-known companies also indicates a rally is occurring. It is important to note that government involvement affects rallies: Changing the federal funds rate or tax rates indirectly encourages economic expansion or contraction.

Rising investor confidence also indicates a rally, and it is perhaps more powerful than any economic indicator because when investors believe something is going to happen (a rally, for example), they tend to take action (purchasing shares in order to profit from expected price increases) that actually turn expectations into reality. Although it is an objective concept, investor sentiment shows through in mathematical measurements such as the put/call ratio, the advance/decline line, IPO activity, and the amount of outstanding margin debt.

As investors take profits or react to bad news or negative indicators, rallies generally unravel over time.

Why It Matters

Rallies usually present a multitude of moneymaking opportunities for investors because prices are generally rising across the board. But rallies don’t last forever, and they don’t always give advance notice of their arrival, so the investor must know when to buy and when to sell to maximize his or her profits. This means the investor must attempt to "time the market" or gauge when a rally has begun and when it is ending.

Analysts spend thousands of hours trying to mathematically determine what will trigger the next rally and how long it will last. Technical analysis is especially prevalent in this effort, although less sophisticated indicators such as hemline fashions or the NFL division of the latest Super Bowl winner also provide fodder for such predictions. This in turn can sometimes lead to speculation that a rally is just around the corner, which can then become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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English Language Learners Definition of rally

: a public meeting to support or oppose someone or something
finance : an increase in price or value after a decrease in price or value
sports : an occurrence in which a team or player that has been behind or playing badly begins to play well


ral·​ly | \ ˈra-lē How to pronounce rally (audio) \
rallied; rallying

Kids Definition of rally

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bring or come together for a common purpose Supporters rallied at the capitol building.
2 : to publicly support or oppose The whole school rallied behind the principal.
3 : to rouse from low spirits or weakness The patient rallied and survived. The team rallied to win the game.


plural rallies

Kids Definition of rally (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sudden improvement in performance or condition The team's late rally helped them win.
2 : a big meeting held to rouse enthusiasm

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