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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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 Patricia Arquette provides a model of how to carve out time for activism at awards shows, having decried the potential for war with Iran at this year’s Golden Globes and rallied for transgender equality at last fall’s Emmy Awards. NBC News, "Oscars 2020: A two-way race, sure bet actors and other key storylines going into the big night," 9 Feb. 2020 Those who rallied in front of the Constitutional Tribunal described the legislative changes as a matter of national sovereignty. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 8, 2020," 8 Feb. 2020 The Blazers took a lead early, fell behind late and rallied to tie the game in the final seconds before a missed goal tending call on the Jazz mucked up the ending of a highly-competitive affair between two division rivals. oregonlive, "Officials admit missing goaltending call in Portland Trail Blazers’ loss to the Utah Jazz," 8 Feb. 2020 More: Trinity rallies to end St. Xavier's five-year Region Four wrestling title run Also: DeSales wrestling claims its third straight Third Region championship REGION FIVE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS AT OLDHAM COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TEAM RESULTS 1. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Reagan Ray's pin in final match of the day gives Oldham County Region Five wrestling title," 8 Feb. 2020 Their sacrifice would become an important part of Athenian heritage: The memory of Marathon would rally Greek spirits when the Persian fleet returned a few years later to try, once again, to subdue Athens. National Geographic, "At the Battle of Marathon, Athens' underdog victory stunned Persia," 6 Feb. 2020 This is how a company like Tesla can see its share price get chopped in half and then rally more than 400% all within the span of two years. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Trying to make sense of Tesla’s unbelievable run," 5 Feb. 2020 Dozens of protesters rallied at Market and Powell streets in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon to protest the acquittal of President Trump, accusing the GOP of a cover-up. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Protesters rally in San Francisco against Senate’s acquittal of Trump," 5 Feb. 2020 Democrats must rally around Biden, his campaign argues repeatedly. Philip Elliott / Des Moines, Time, "Joe Biden Positions Himself as the Anti-Bernie Sanders in Iowa and Beyond," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At Friday’s ceremony, Grand Bay Middle School students gathered in the gym for a pep rally for the softball and baseball teams, the members of which were introduced before Henley took the microphone. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Grand Bay celebrates World Series champion Bobby Henley," 7 Feb. 2020 There were some clues in Sacramento, on Monday morning, where about a hundred people crammed into a warehouse coffee shop, for a kick-off rally before a day of canvassing. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "Does the Bloomberg Superfan Exist?," 5 Feb. 2020 The last time Trump came to the state was for a December rally in Battle Creek. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Trump heading back to Michigan to celebrate trade deal with Mexico, Canada," 26 Jan. 2020 The crash on the AA Highway in Campbell County happened around 7:20 a.m. as the bus was bringing Covington Catholic High School students back from the March for Life rally in Washington D.C., WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reported. Time, "Covington Catholic High School Bus Involved in Fatal Crash in Kentucky," 25 Jan. 2020 The crash on the AA Highway in Campbell County happened around 7:20 a.m. as the bus was bringing Covington Catholic High School students back from the March for Life rally in Washington D.C., WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reported. Washington Post, "Covington Catholic bus involved in fatal crash in Kentucky," 25 Jan. 2020 The crowd reportedly cheered as it was revealed that President Donald Trump would become the first president to attend the March for Life rally over the weekend. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Betsy DeVos Compares Being Pro-Choice To Being Pro-Slavery," 24 Jan. 2020 This Friday, join EFF, @NTEN, @fightfortheftr, @DemandProgress and others for a rally outside ICANN’s offices in Los Angeles. CBS News, "Nonprofits worry sale of dot-org universe will hike costs," 24 Jan. 2020 Fort Worth Parade and Rally Go for the parade and stay for the rally in Sundance Square. Dallas News, "12 fun things to do the week of Jan. 17-23 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 16 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Democrats held their biggest events of the race here Monday night — in some cases, their final calls for local voters to rally to their sides. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Candidates make last-ditch pitches as crucial New Hampshire vote nears," 11 Feb. 2020 Trump has used his pre-vote rallies to highlight that the Republican Party is unified behind him while Democrats were struggling to rally behind a standard-bearer. Anchorage Daily News, "In early-voting states, Trump jostles Democrats for spotlight," 11 Feb. 2020 If bullion continues to rally, then gold-mining stocks should continue to do even better. Simon Constable, WSJ, "Which Way to Buy Gold: The Metal or the Companies?," 10 Feb. 2020 At that point, the Hornets had their chance to rally when the Vikings managed to get no points in two one-and-one free throw opportunities. David Lee, al, "Coastal Saturday Roundup: MGM, Spanish Fort, LeFlore boys claim area titles," 9 Feb. 2020 Silver Creek overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to rally past Madison, 62-46 in the opening Class 3A Sectional 15 semifinal Friday night at Charlestown High School. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Silver Creek rolls into sectional final, beats Madison behind Alana Striverson's big game," 8 Feb. 2020 This is the second time he's disobeyed the ban, both times leaving to rally international support at the risk of arrest upon his return. CBS News, "Trump welcomes Venezuela's Juan Guaidó to White House," 5 Feb. 2020 Mackenzie Holmes added 19 points with 10 rebounds, making 11 of 13 free throws as Indiana (17-5, 7-3 Big Ten) was forced to rally. Staff Reports, Indianapolis Star, "State college basketball: IU, Purdue women post victories," 31 Jan. 2020 The Musketeers don’t have the firepower to rally from 15 down on the road, against a good team such as Creighton. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Are the Cincinnati Reds the NL Central favorites now? In the photo?," 27 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of rally was in 1599

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“Rally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rally. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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