verb (1)
ral·​ly | \ˈra-lē \
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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jake Bauers homered for the second straight game and drove in four runs, Carlos Gomez homered and had two RBIs, and Tampa Bay scored 15 times in the final three innings to rally past the Minnesota Twins 19-6 on Saturday. Brian Hall, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tampa Bay Rays turn three-inning outburst into 19-6 win over Minnesota Twins," 14 July 2018 Ross was among thousands of unionized coal miners, iron workers, teamsters, bakers, tobacco workers, millers and others who descended on the Ohio Statehouse to rally ahead of a congressional field hearing in Columbus. Washington Post, "Thousands rally in Ohio for solution to pension crisis," 12 July 2018 Republicans, in a bid to rally their more dispirited voters, are exaggerating the extent to which this is Democratic policy. The Economist, "The case against impeachment," 12 July 2018 Ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, activists and organizers are expected to rally outside the courthouse at 10:30 a.m. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Court To Hear Arguments In Case Of Two Children Held In Connecticut Separated From Their Parents At The Border," 11 July 2018 Civility hardly seems like a cause to rally around. Stanley M. Bergman, Fortune, "To Be a Better Nation, Bring Back Civility," 10 July 2018 But Torrens and other local Democratic activists predicted Tuesday that conservative politicians would continue to try and fight the sanctuary law as a way to rally their base. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Sanctuary state battle rages on in Placer County after court ruling upholds law," 10 July 2018 About 2,000 Lexington students walked out (on March 15 — March 14 was a snow day), and then 20 of us walked a mile through the snow to rally on the historic Battle Green where the American Revolutionary War began in 1775. Emily Weinberg, latimes.com, "A new generation's revolution: A teen reviews '#NeverAgain' book by Parkland survivors David and Lauren Hogg," 4 July 2018 Thousands poured into the sprawling main square known as the Zocalo, where the 64-year-old former mayor of the capital had called on his backers to rally. Time, "Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Claims Historic Win in Mexico Elections," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

President Donald Trump has blamed the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries for the oil rally and asked Saudi Arabia to further increase output. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Average Gas Price Nears $3 a Gallon, Raising Worries for U.S. Economy," 11 July 2018 The marker honors the confrontation between the Lumbee and Klansmen who showed up for a rally on a January day 60 years ago. Fox News, "Marker honors Native Americans who drove out the KKK," 7 July 2018 President Trump was in Montana on Thursday for a campaign rally intended to inflict political damage on Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, but the Senator was not the President’s only target. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Remember That Nasty Trump-Warren 'Pocahontas' Feud? It's Back," 6 July 2018 Police revoked Patriot Prayer's permit for the rally after the two groups began to clash. CBS News, "Right-wing activists Patriot Prayer, antifa clash at Portland protests," 1 July 2018 The National Parks Service has granted a permit for an estimated 50,000 people for the nation's capital rally. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "Thousands gathering coast-to-coast to protest Trump immigration policy," 30 June 2018 Villalobos told a crowd gathered for a Families Belong Together rally Saturday. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin Township official whose mother was deported among speakers at Elgin rally against immigration policy," 30 June 2018 Before holding their news conference outside Bethany, the NAACP gathered at First Park Congregational Church for a rally. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit NAACP: Trump's separation of immigrant kids is like slavery," 27 June 2018 One Saturday in late February, as the sun went down, more than 20,000 protesters descended on Neve Sha’anan for a massive anti-deportation rally. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Croatia conceded the opening goal in each game before rallying to advance. Graham Dunbar, courant.com, "A Youthful France Faces Veteran-Laden Croatia For World Cup," 14 July 2018 There was no sight or sound of the thousands of people rallying against President Trump in central London during his wife’s visit, which her staff managed to largely keep secret to avoid the ire of demonstrators. Sylvia Hui, BostonGlobe.com, "Melania Trump dutifully tries her hand at lawn bowling," 13 July 2018 And Ellenson delivered five key points at Cox Pavilion to help the Pistons hold off the Timberwolves, who rallied from a 19-point deficit to take a brief lead in the fourth quarter. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Coach O's words soothed Detroit Pistons' Henry Ellenson in trying year," 13 July 2018 The streets of London are lined with protesters rallying against President Donald Trump's visit to the United Kingdom. USA TODAY, "Live in London where protesters are rallying against President Trump's visit to UK," 13 July 2018 The Iranian regime saw the Iran-Iraq war as an opportunity to solidify the revolution by rallying Iranians against a common enemy. Eliora Katz, WSJ, "Iranians Are Now Chanting ‘Death to Palestine’," 13 July 2018 There was no sight or sound of the thousands of people rallying against President Trump in central London during his wife’s visit, which her staff managed to largely keep secret to avoid the ire of demonstrators. Washington Post, "Melania Trump dutifully tries her hand at lawn bowls," 13 July 2018 There was no sight or sound of the thousands of people rallying against President Trump in central London during his wife's visit, which her staff managed to largely keep secret to avoid the ire of demonstrators. Sylvia Hui, Fox News, "Melania Trump dutifully tries her hand at lawn bowls," 13 July 2018 Protests rallying against the July 23 visit are being organized by Refuse Fascism Philly, Refuse Fascism, Delco NOW and Philly UP and NextGen Pennsylvania. Wire Reports, Philly.com, "Mike Pence to headline Lou Barletta fundraiser at Union League," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rally.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rally

Statistics for rally

Last Updated

22 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for rally

The first known use of rally was in 1599

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rally



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.

Source: Investing Answers



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 \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on rally

What made you want to look up rally? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


something that serves to warn or remind

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!