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

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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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And also a great place to build, to rally support, and to connect. refinery29.com, "Half A Million People Went To Essence Festival — & These 25 Looks Stood Out," 10 July 2018 Despite a three-day, last-ditch effort to rally support, the Safer Arizona Cannabis Legalization Act did not obtain enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Clean energy, taxes and anti-dirty money proposals submitted for November ballot," 5 July 2018 After ripping up the Iran nuclear deal in May, the Trump Administration is fanning out across the globe to rally support for a return to economy-crippling sanctions against Tehran. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "President Trump Is Putting Huge Pressure on Europe to Reinstate Sanctions on Iran. He's in for a Tough Sell at the NATO Summit," 3 July 2018 This campaign was the party’s primary effort to rally public support for Garland’s nomination. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "In Hindsight, Democrats Really Mishandled That Merrick Garland Thing," 26 June 2018 He's been in the Miami area for several days, raising money and rallying political support for a return to Managua next week. Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Dangerous drug lord or academic? Nicaraguan opposition leader fights charges by Ortega," 15 June 2018 Originally, Noblesville Schools planned to move the games to another location, but then decided to use this as an opportunity to rally support for Ella and Seaman. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'I deeply care for my students': Teacher Jason Seaman speaks after Noblesville school shooting," 28 May 2018 And Trump has yet to use the platform of the presidency to rally support for a national requirement, opting instead to push for building a wall, militarizing the border and stepping up deportations. Tracy Jan, chicagotribune.com, "GOP lawmakers have gone quiet on this popular tool to curb illegal immigration," 22 May 2018 Conservative groups rallied around Barrett after her confirmation hearing last year featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions. Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas, Time, "Vice President Mike Pence Met With Supreme Court Contenders," 5 July 2018

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Food truck fest in Riverwest The first Riverwest Food Truck Rally parks behind Gathering Place Brewing Co. Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Eight food trucks are lining up to take part in the rally, at the Goat Palace, 3740 N. Fratney St. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this weekend, from Bastille Days and World Cup finale to historic Harleys," 12 July 2018 Change is on the minds these days of a lot of young people — in Michigan and beyond — who have turned to voter registration drives, rallies, political forums and other means of activism in an effort to ensure their voices are being heard. Lori Higgins And Janea Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan student activists take on voter registration, gun violence," 12 July 2018 The rallies, also held in Tallahassee and West Palm Beach, came a week after an appellate court refused to allow smokable medical marijuana while a legal fight initiated by Orlando attorney John Morgan makes its way through the courts. Steven Lemongello, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Medical marijuana protesters call for Gov. Rick Scott to allow smokable pot," 11 July 2018 The #saveSCOTUS rally, Croucher said, will be a powerful signal to Connecticut Sens. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "Abortion, Women's Rights Activists Rally In New Haven Against Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018 Woodhouse said Protect Our Care will focus heavily on encouraging voters to contact Murkowski and Collins with rallies, protests, and pointed questions at town hall meetings. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Pricey ad wars launched in fight over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Belgium's star-laden Red Devils took Brazil by storm with a tactical masterstroke and a first-half counterattack, then possessed the nous to fight off a mighty rally, booking the nation's first World Cup semifinal place in 32 years. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Belgium's Golden Generation Shines Brightest in Ousting Brazil From World Cup," 6 July 2018 By the end of the rally, hundreds of bouquets filled dozens of baskets on the steps of Boise's City Hall. CBS News, "Girl slain in Boise stabbing "loved pink and Disney princesses"," 3 July 2018 On Sunday, Harley, 31, attended the goldRush rally in Las Vegas, documenting much of the day on her Instagram story. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Jersey Shore Star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro's Ex Jen Harley Reunites with Infant Daughter After Arrest," 2 July 2018

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 An art and action festival to rally support for flipping control of Congress. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: Resistance training, lawmakers meet with public," 13 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 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 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 And also a great place to build, to rally support, and to connect. refinery29.com, "Half A Million People Went To Essence Festival — & These 25 Looks Stood Out," 10 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

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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 \
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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