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 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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Synonyms for rally

Synonyms: Noun

marshaling (also marshalling), mobilization, rallying

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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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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

Seeing that vision through meant working to change state law and local zoning, and rallying people behind a new product. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This suburban utopia is all about worshipping nature," 14 June 2019 In addition, the ghettoization of France’s minorities, the banlieues filled with French citizens of African and Middle Eastern descent, remains a worthwhile wrong to rally against—as does France’s 15.4 percent gender pay gap. Stephen Paduano, The New Republic, "The Limits of Outrage Politics," 13 June 2019 Coming out of the gate versus Parkland White was a tough battle but Fort Lauderdale rallied late in the game to clinch a 14-11 victory. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale Little League Coach Pitch Select Team brings home District 10 title," 13 June 2019 So evidence of more underhandedness will only rally his base and whip them into a 2020 frenzy. Thembi Ford, Essence, "Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That: The Liberal Case Against Impeachment," 12 June 2019 Difference Maker As nationalist and anti-Europe voices have gained strength, the Röders have organized pro-Europe rallies that encourage political participation. Christian Science Monitor, "World | People Making a Difference," 7 June 2019 Weaver dedicated hundreds of hours to rallying support and contacting lawmakers about the Obama administration’s proposed regulations. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite.," 5 June 2019 Set beneath bursting flourishes of hanging wisteria vines designed by Van Wyck, HRH The Duke of Sussex took the stage to rally the crowd. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "When in Rome! Prince Harry Hits the Polo Field with St. Regis to Benefit Sentebale," 29 May 2019 As the cases of eight conservation scientists and researchers in Iran enter a critical phase, prominent wildlife scientists and NGOs around the world continue to rally in support of the accused. Frans Lanting, National Geographic, "Jailed researchers trying to protect threatened cheetahs in Iran await verdict," 15 Mar. 2019

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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 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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