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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His most notable performance came last October at Colorado, where Luton rallied the Beavers from a 28-point second-half deficit to beat the Buffaloes 41-34 in overtime. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State Beavers name Jake Luton as its starting quarterback for the 2019 season," 23 Aug. 2019 Vieques, by contrast, was more devastated, but most businesses have bounced back, especially along the Malecon, the promenade that volunteers rallied to rebuild along the waterfront in the town of Esperanza. Kathleen Squires, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Expect Traveling in Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico," 20 Aug. 2019 After the verdict was handed down on Monday, Hernández was greeted by a crowd of supporters who had rallied outside the Ciudad Delgado courthouse. Flora Charner And Kara Fox, CNN, "Salvadoran woman at center of controversial abortion trial acquitted of all charges," 19 Aug. 2019 El Cajon led 3-0 entering the bottom of the sixth and final inning before Santa Clara Briarwood rallied. Phil Jensen, The Mercury News, "Carney Lansford, Santa Clara Briarwood teammates remember Little League run," 19 Aug. 2019 Defensive lineman Devaroe Lawrence, who suffered a knee injury Wednesday against the Colts, rallied and played on Saturday. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Baker Mayfield, OBJ, Nick Chubb, Myles Garrett and others rest as Garrett Gilbert shines in 21-18 win vs. Colts," 17 Aug. 2019 The Cardinals led Chickasaw 21-0 in late September before the Chieftains rallied to win that one. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Coastal Notebook: Cottage Hill doesn’t want to be just a 1-year success story," 16 Aug. 2019 More concerning to Lindo is a colt like Campaign, who is not a quick starter but rallied and then hung on to win the Grade II Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar on July 24, over 1 1/2 miles. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Without big-name star, wide-open Pacific Classic is boon to bettors," 16 Aug. 2019 The losses come a day after stocks rallied when the Trump administration delayed tariffs on about $160 billion in Chinese goods that were set to take effect on Sept. 1. Dallas News, "Dow falls 800 points in its biggest decline of the year, reacting to bad news at home and abroad," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dobie High School’s varsity football team equaled the program’s longest non-district winning streak in eight years Saturday night when the Longhorns held off a Bellaire rally to claim a 31-28 win at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Dobie matches longest non-district winning streak in 8 seasons with victory over Bellaire," 7 Sep. 2019 Candidates held rallies Monday in Tunis and in poorer provinces to present their platforms for the election to replace Tunisia’s first democratically elected president, who died in office in July. Washington Post, "Tunisia kicks off presidential campaign amid tensions," 2 Sep. 2019 After building a big first-half lead, No. 8-ranked Theodore held off a strong rally from visiting Baker and hung on for a 32-18 victory in a Class 7A Region 1 contest at C.A. Douglas Field on Friday night. Robert Ladnier, al, "Theodore endures Baker’s second-half rally, earns win," 31 Aug. 2019 Police have rejected the application to hold the rally, citing a high risk of violence following a serious escalation of violence during last weekend’s protests. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Hong Kong begins rounding up high-profile pro-democracy activists," 30 Aug. 2019 President Trump is also holding a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Sept. 9 – one day before the general election. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: 10 candidates in one debate in September," 29 Aug. 2019 DeLand held off a late rally by host Daytona Beach Mainland in a 21-18 win that pushed the Bulldogs from 12th to No. 8 among area teams. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando area high school football Super 16 rankings led by Edgewater, Seminole, Jones," 26 Aug. 2019 The president is expected to hold at least one public rally on Bevin's behalf. USA TODAY, "Trump visits Louisville, London bus attack, 'McCafé It Forward': 5 things to know Wednesday," 21 Aug. 2019 Brown, a Democrat, held a rally to call on Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and others to get the Senate back to Washington to pass the legislation. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Sen. Sherrod Brown, during Cleveland rally, calls on U.S. Senate to return to Washington to pass background check legislation," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Two other Pac-12 teams made their ballot debuts: Cal, which won at Washington on a late field goal, and Colorado, which rallied to beat Nebraska. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "My AP ballot: Clemson holds the top spot but LSU rises, Army returns, Cal and Colorado make their debuts," 8 Sep. 2019 Daniel Suarez also entered the day with a chance to be one of the contenders and rallied from an early crash to finish 11th but failed to advance, along with Johnson. Dave Kallmann, USA TODAY, "Kevin Harvick wins Brickyard 400; seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson misses playoffs for first time," 8 Sep. 2019 Murray and the Arizona Cardinals nearly finished an improbable comeback on Sunday in the rookie's debut, rallying from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 24 in regulation. oregonlive, "Arizona Cardinals vs Detroit Lions ends in tie following overtime: Recap, score, stats," 8 Sep. 2019 Everton's only loss was inflicted by Aston Villa, whose fans rallied behind the team to secure a surprise win against Marco Silva's men. SI.com, "Everton Premier League Month in Review: August - Best Player, Worst Performance & Overall Rating," 8 Sep. 2019 The result was Hank Bachmeier tossing a third-quarter TD pass and Robert Mahone added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth and Boise State rallied from an 18-point deficit to knock off Florida State 36-31 last week. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Watch Florida State run play with WR facing wrong way vs. Louisiana Monroe," 7 Sep. 2019 But by the estimations of Charles and others who rallied behind him, Wet n Wild's latest eyeshadow palette isn't a good look. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "James Charles accuses Wet n Wild of copying his eyeshadow palette," 7 Sep. 2019 Last year’s Clear Creek game was one of Deer Park’s highlights when the team rallied from way back to claim a come-from-behind 52-48 win at Clyde Abshier Stadium. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park opens two-game road trip with pesky Clear Creek Friday night," 6 Sep. 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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