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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And Democrats won’t be able to use Trump to rally their voters. Dallas News, "Joe Biden’s win is balm for Texas Dems as GOP prepares to use president-elect as political piñata," 7 Nov. 2020 Biden had bet on the early vote, and Trump knew his only hope was to rally his troops to respond on Election Day. Dan Balz, Anchorage Daily News, "Nail-biting, stomach-churning election night ends with cliffhanger," 4 Nov. 2020 Former President Barack Obama stumped for Biden in Miami, Florida, to rally Latino voters in the critical battleground state after some data suggests Democrats lacking with the demographic there. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Live Election Day coverage: Trump and Biden must now wait for the voters to have their say," 3 Nov. 2020 McSally planned to visit a polling location in Phoenix to rally voters later Tuesday morning. Julia Musto, Fox News, "McSally confident Senate seat won’t flip: ‘Arizonans are going to choose freedom’," 3 Nov. 2020 After returning from Walter Reed Medical Center following his COVID-19 diagnosis earlier this month, one of President Trump's first moves back in the White House was to rally supporters over the phone in New Mexico's Second Congressional District. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "Trump wades into expensive House rematch in New Mexico," 20 Oct. 2020 One of the first things Stefanski did was rally his players and get them on board with the program. cleveland, "Why the Browns are Different This Time: Kevin Stefanski’s leadership," 9 Oct. 2020 TikTok unveiled an election guide within its social-media network, an effort to rally potential voters at a time when many users have become more politically aware amid threats by the Trump administration to ban the app. Sarah Frier, Bloomberg.com, "TikTok Unveils U.S. Voter Guide Amid White House Battle," 29 Sep. 2020 What was the process like for city council to rally to keep the event? Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Councilwoman Janet Corte shares her vision for the future of Katy," 14 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That optimism has widened the stock market’s rally. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, "Stocks Struggle to Find Direction," 7 Apr. 2021 First, a nonprofit organization of Trump loyalists, orchestrated and publicized a rally on Jan. 6 before the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and also led bus tours nationwide spreading unfounded claims of election fraud. Washington Post, "Amid federal probe, Matt Gaetz will speak to conservative women’s group at Trump golf course," 7 Apr. 2021 Brooks also appeared at a pro-Trump rally the morning of Jan. 6 at the request of the White House, delivering a fiery speech hours before Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a protest that led to five deaths. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Trump says Mo Brooks ‘has done a spectacular job … He’s a strong guy, a tough guy’," 7 Apr. 2021 Much of what essentially became a pep rally – media were not allowed to ask questions – was about moving on from the Beard era, and how Tech will be just fine. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "‘We ain’t done yet’: Texas Tech coach Mark Adams was complimentary of the exiting Chris Beard, even when the crowd wasn’t," 6 Apr. 2021 Mike Trout hit his first home run of the season and Shohei Ohtani came off the bench to score the go-ahead run during an eighth-inning rally that sent the Los Angeles Angels past the Houston Astros 7-6 on Monday night. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "Trout homers, Angels rally in 8th to hand Astros first loss," 6 Apr. 2021 Tom Lee, co-founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors, tells CNBC the markets are set for a massive rally. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Crypto and global stocks climb to fresh records," 6 Apr. 2021 The Providence Teachers Union is holding a rally at the State House and then marching to the Rhode Island Department of Education office to call for an end to the state takeover of Providence schools. BostonGlobe.com, "Meet the new boss at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island," 6 Apr. 2021 Mike Trout hit his first home run of the season and Shohei Ohtani came off the bench to score the go-ahead run during an eighth-inning rally that sent the Los Angeles Angels past the Houston Astros 7-6 on Monday night. Joe Reedy, Chron, "Angels rally in 8th inning to hand Astros first loss of season," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Homeless activists defined the camp as a community and mobilized others — including Echo Park residents who aren’t homeless — to rally to their cause. Los Angeles Times, "The Echo Park homeless camp is gone. What does it mean for L.A.?," 27 Mar. 2021 The Six squandered a chance to rally as Emily Fluke’s shorthanded breakaway was blocked by Lovisa Selander at 19:03. BostonGlobe.com, "Pride makes return trip to Isobel Cup final with a victory over the Toronto Six in semifinals," 26 Mar. 2021 And despite Republicans’ objections to Hart’s complaint, getting Democrats to vote on the matter could present the minority party with an opportunity to rally their base. Time, "A Democrat Is Challenging the Election Result in Her District. Republicans Are Seizing the Moment," 26 Mar. 2021 Through their issues, the Bucks trailed by as many as eight points in the second quarter only to rally to tie it, then see the Celtics pull ahead again. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Celtics 122, Bucks 114: This time, there's little suspense at the finish," 26 Mar. 2021 Chesapeake-Baltimore County scored on a fourth-and-10 Hail Mary pass for an 11-yard touchdown to rally past host Lansdowne, 14-8, on Friday evening. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, "Late Hail Mary lifts Chesapeake-BC over host Lansdowne," 26 Mar. 2021 Part of the crowd marched to peacefully rally outside O'Farrell's nearby office. CBS News, "Police and protesters face off over temporary closing of L.A. park with large homeless encampment," 25 Mar. 2021 China’s lack of transparency in its clinical trials has hurt public confidence, even as national leaders from Indonesia to Sierra Leone have gotten the shots to rally their populations to do the same. Washington Post, "China’s vaccine diplomacy stumbles as clinical trial data remain absent," 23 Mar. 2021 Hvitserk too distraught to rally the troops—the fight is out of the invaders. Erik Kain, Forbes, "‘Vikings’ Series Finale Review: The Last Three Sons Of Ragnar Lothbrok," 21 Mar. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Rally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rally. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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