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 rally entry 1] : 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

Synonyms for rally

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of rally in a Sentence

Noun Supporters held a rally for the candidate. Protesters staged an antiwar rally. Stock prices are up after the dollar's rally yesterday.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The tribe has pushed back on solar projects planned on its historic lands, which the Herring Pond Wampanoag people have occupied for thousands of years, including by working with Sheehan to rally against some solar projects. BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2022 While conservatives rally against Critical Race Theory—which has not been proven to be taught in any classroom—liberals advocate for factual and culturally relevant curriculum. Essence, 28 Apr. 2022 Lifting the designation could alienate Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Israel, just as President Joe Biden works to rally them against Moscow. Simone Foxman, Bloomberg.com, 26 Mar. 2022 In recent years, a drop in the price of oil and successive layers of sanctions have devalued the ruble and weighed on living standards, causing some to rally against the country’s increasingly precarious economic situation for average Russians. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Russian President Vladimir Putin has managed to unite the world against him -- and has given President Joe Biden's White House a villain to rally against as well as a political scapegoat for spiraling prices and more. Rick Klein, ABC News, 11 Mar. 2022 Roughly 1,000 protesters, most of them donning blue and yellow, stood in Daley Plaza to rally against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Sunday afternoon. Tatyana Turner, chicagotribune.com, 7 Mar. 2022 Inspired by large rallies against vaccine mandates in Canada, hundreds of protesters arrived in the capital, Wellington, to rally against Covid restrictions. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 15 Feb. 2022 Supporters against vaccine mandates continue to rally into the night on Feb. 5, 2022 in Ottawa, Canada. Jen Skerritt / Bloomberg, Time, 7 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The rally and march was part of a nationwide Bans Off Our Bodies Day of Action. Shanzeh Ahmad, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 Still, the sector’s rally is something of an anomaly given the macroeconomic environment. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 14 May 2022 The rally in Diamond Bar was one of the several organized in Southern California in the wake of the Atlanta shootings, the Los Angeles Times reported. Julian Mark, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The rally after Wednesday's Fed decision was good news for investors that had been struggling to get excited about the stock market. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 5 May 2022 The Confederate rally has been the target of controversy since the Stone Mountain Memorial Association approved the SCV’s permit application in March. al, 1 May 2022 The rally organized by the Armenian Youth Federation was one of several held across the Southland to mark the 107th anniversary of the massacre. Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2022 The climate action movement has been known for its youth activism, but the rally was noticeable for its age diversity. Zayna Syed, The Arizona Republic, 24 Apr. 2022 The Nasdaq 100 Index has climbed about 13% off a low hit earlier this month, with the rally fueled by double-digit percentage gains in market leaders like Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc. Amazon.com Inc. has been especially strong. Ryan Vlastelica, Bloomberg.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hundreds of pro-choice supporters rally in front of Baltimore City Hall for the #BansOffOurBody protest. Ngan Ho, Baltimore Sun, 14 May 2022 Pence will rally with Kemp on Monday, May 23, ahead of the May 24 GOP primary in Georgia. CBS News, 13 May 2022 In his latest break with former President Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence will rally with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) a day before the state's May 24 primary, NPR reports. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 13 May 2022 On Wednesday hundreds of parents from 20 states will rally in Washington, D.C., outside the Department of Education and the White House to protest the rules. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 11 May 2022 The Mavericks rally from double-digit deficits in all three wins, including 17 in Game 5. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Then, rally your team to address any suggestions for improvement, both for that client and for others who might also benefit from those real time adjustments. Expert Panel, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 Ryan Mountcastle drove in three runs, including the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and the Orioles overcame two homers by Mike Trout to rally past the Los Angeles Angels, 5-4, on Saturday night. Joe Reedy, Baltimore Sun, 24 Apr. 2022 Entire communities rally around the competing samba schools, whose shows are not only a source of pride but also employment since preparations require countless seamstresses, welders, costume designers and more. David Biller And Mauricio Savarese, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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More Definitions for rally


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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