rally

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

rally

noun
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

rally

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

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

The Raptors, in their 24th season of existence, rallied from two games down to beat the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals then took down the mighty Warriors on their home floor to deny Golden State a three-peat. Janie Mccauley, Anchorage Daily News, "Toronto survives thriller of a Game 6 to win NBA title, denying Golden State Warriors a three-peat," 14 June 2019 When Durant went out in Game 5 against Houston, the Warriors rallied in that game and then secured a decisive Game 6. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ injuries became too much to overcome in Finals loss to Toronto," 14 June 2019 Supporters of presidential candidate Alejandro Giammattei rallied in Guatemala City on June 8. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Candidates in Guatemala Target Economic Roots of Migration, but Abandon Graft Agency," 14 June 2019 The Raptors, in their 24th season of existence, rallied from two games down to beat the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals then took down the mighty Warriors on their home floor to deny Golden State a three-peat. Janie Mccauley, Twin Cities, "Raptors earn 1st NBA title, top injured Warriors in Game 6," 13 June 2019 The Raptors, in their 24th season of existence, rallied from two games down to beat the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals then took down the mighty Warriors on their home floor to deny Golden State a three-peat. Janie Mccauley, chicagotribune.com, "Raptors dethrone injury-plagued Warriors in wild Game 6 to capture 1st NBA title," 13 June 2019 But with the orchestra’s finances deeply troubled, members rallied in Annapolis to call upon Gov. Larry Hogan to release state funding for the institution, warning that their future is in jeopardy. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County to host free July concert featuring BSO musicians," 13 June 2019 The Warriors rallied in the closing minutes of Game 5 to hold off the Raptors, 106-105, despite the devastating injury to forward Kevin Durant in the first half. Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "NBA Finals 2019 live updates: Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors Game 6 score, how to watch," 13 June 2019 In the 70-over Division, Coast to Coast rallied from a 4-point halftime deficit to pull out a 62-57 victory over Ancient Regime as Earl Dixon picked up MVP honors with a 15 points in a winning effort. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Explosion goes back-to-back in Masters basketball tourney," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Warren doesn’t generate the hysterical fandom that politicians like Trump and Beto O’Rourke provoke at rallies. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "Can Elizabeth Warren Win It All?," 14 June 2019 All fans in attendance at Game 6 will receive this special rally towel. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Warriors to pay tribute to Oakland, Durant in Oracle finale," 13 June 2019 Photo: Iranian Students’ News Agency/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Thursday’s rally marked a rebound from heavy selling on Wednesday, which followed the U.S. EIA’s reduction of its oil-demand growth forecasts and bearish inventory data. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Tanker Attacks Lift Oil Prices, Improve Shale Producers’ Outlook," 13 June 2019 The number of food trucks, which is subject to change, will rival the Guinness World Record of 120 food trucks, which gathered in March 2014 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa during a two-day food truck rally. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit could break world record for most food trucks at upcoming festival," 12 June 2019 The positive momentum from Monday’s rally carried over into Asia and beyond. Washington Post, "Global shares rise as Trump plans to meet Chinese leader," 11 June 2019 The first 12,500 fans will receive an Indiana rally towel. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to find Fourth of July events and fireworks shows around Indianapolis," 10 June 2019 Should the game become a bona fide hit, that could be key to sustaining this year’s stock rally. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Mario Kart Tour shows promise of mobile hit for Nintendo," 9 June 2019 Two protesters who splattered two police officers with buckets full of lubricant and glitter during a Patriot Prayer rally in downtown Portland last summer were sentenced Friday to five days in jail. oregonlive.com, "2 Portland protesters who doused cops with buckets of glitter mixed with lubricant get 5 days in jail," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mac had been planning to accept an assignment in San Diego, while Harm was rallying for London. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: LA' Will Finally Reveal Who Won the Coin Flip on the 'JAG' Finale," 12 May 2019 Since Hall abruptly left NBC in February 2017 after losing her 9 a.m. time slot to Megyn Kelly, fans have been rallying for a comeback. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Tamron Hall's Husband Steven Greener Before Their Baby Arrives," 4 Mar. 2019 The ideals that Americans rallied around for 200 years, the ideals of the world has prepared you. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Joe Biden Gave an Incredibly Powerful Speech at John McCain’s Memorial," 30 Aug. 2018 But, despite their rallying for a good cause, haters online were quick to condemn her decision to leave 3-month-old True at home. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Khloé Kardashian Left True at Home with Tristan and "Mommy Shamers" Had a Lot to Say," 30 July 2018 They were later seen at the Women's March on Washington in 2017 and the March for Our Lives rally for gun control this year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ivanka Trump Congratulates Karlie Kloss on Her Engagement: "I Feel Blessed To Have You As a Sister"," 25 July 2018 Those in the United States have also rallied around the monument. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "French Billionaire François Pinault Pledges $113 Million to Help Rebuild Notre Dame," 16 Apr. 2019 The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 10 a.m. France's foreign minister wants the U.N. to rally behind a Russian-Turkish accord averting a massive battle for the Syrian rebel stronghold of Idlib. Fox News, "The Latest: France wants UN backing for Syria accord," 24 Sep. 2018 And Democrats cannot stymie such growth by rallying behind stricter rules for asylum, or more border security funding, or even Trump’s border wall. Eric Leivtz, Daily Intelligencer, "For Democrats, Immigration Is a Political Problem Without a Policy Solution," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of rally

Verb (1)

1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

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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rally

noun

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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rally

noun

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

rally

verb
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.

rally

noun
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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