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 Nick Bjugstad and Marcus Johansson scored in the third period as the Wild tried to rally, and Kevin Fiala scored on a power-play with 35 seconds left, but Minnesota couldn't get the equalizer. Mike Cook, Star Tribune, "Avalanche extend point streak to 15 games, beat Wild 5-4," 5 Apr. 2021 Oakland tried to rally from a 5-0 deficit Friday night at the Coliseum, but never fully closed the gap due to Altuve’s instinctive play in an eventual 9-5 loss. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's awaken too late in loss to Astros," 2 Apr. 2021 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Collin Gillespie tried to rally Villanova in the second half. Michael Marot, ajc, "Bulldogs show some bite in 73-61 win over No. 8 Villanova," 28 Feb. 2021 And Hauser shook his funk to score seven of his 13 points in the final 2:55, as Illinois tried to rally one final time. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan State basketball blended connectivity, attitude to keep NCAA hope afloat," 24 Feb. 2021 Springdale Prep put together quick scoring runs that kept Avalon from establishing much rhythm, and when the Black Knights tried to rally the Lions found answers with Wordlaw running the offense. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "No longer ‘soft,’ freshman guard helping Springdale Prep boys basketball find success," 19 Feb. 2021 In his inaugural address, Biden tried to rally the country to meet the historic challenges of COVID-19, a struggling economy, racial tensions and political divisions that have provoked violence and death. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Biden sets the tone," 21 Jan. 2021 Tennessee’s Corey Davis had career highs of 11 catches for 182 yards, including a touchdown catch, as the Titans tried to rally through the air in the second half. Teresa M. Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Browns beat Titans, 41-35, clinch first winning season since 2007," 6 Dec. 2020 But the poll-watching army that the Trumps have tried to rally hasn’t materialized. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "So Far, Trump’s “Army” of Poll Watchers Looks More Like a Small Platoon," 2 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The recent surge builds on a stunning rally for the Redmond, Wash.-based company, which has rallied more than 8,000% in the past year after trading in April 2020 for less than $1. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, "MicroVision Is the Latest Stock WallStreetBets Can’t Stop Buzzing About," 27 Apr. 2021 A week later, Malcolm X was assassinated during a New York City rally for Black nationalists. Faith Karimi, CNN, "The truth behind the famous meeting of four Black heroes in 'One Night in Miami'," 25 Apr. 2021 On the heels of a humbling year, the Oscars — usually a frothy night of self-congratulation — this year may feel more like a therapeutic rally for an industry in the midst of convulsive change. Jake Coyle, Anchorage Daily News, "Is this an ‘Asterisk Oscars’ or a sign of things to come?," 25 Apr. 2021 Kesha is seen sobbing in court, while dozens of fans from the #FreeKesha movement, started in the wake of her lawsuit, rally for her outside the courthouse. Amanda Gordon, Vulture, "The Complete History of Kesha’s Legal Fight Against Dr. Luke," 23 Apr. 2021 A month later, Representative Paul Gosar, Republican of Arizona, flew to London to speak at a second rally for Mr. Robinson. New York Times, "U.K. Far Right, Lifted by Trump, Now Turns to Russia," 23 Apr. 2021 On the heels of a humbling year, the Oscars — usually a frothy night of self-congratulation — this year may feel more like a therapeutic rally for an industry in the midst of convulsive change. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Is this an 'Asterisk Oscars' or a sign of things to come?," 22 Apr. 2021 Photos of a rally for DMX in New York were captured by photographer Angela Weiss for Getty Images on April 5 and do not resemble the scene in the video taken in Orlando. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Video falsely claims to show DMX's body leaving White Plains Hospital," 13 Apr. 2021 Ashford walked, Josiah Cromwick singled and Hall homered to open the ninth, but Smith, Kenyon Yovan and Gabe Matthews went down in order, all on two-strike counts to end the rally for the Ducks. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon baseball’s 9th inning rally comes up short in series opener at Arizona," 27 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But Fields is a quarterback for Chicago to rally around, and to win with immediately. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "How Justin Fields in Chicago is like Tom Brady in Tampa Bay: Doug Lesmerises," 30 Apr. 2021 Stevenson's final contribution to the Bulldogs was a critical pass breakup on third down that allowed the team to rally past Cincinnati in the Peach Bowl. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "The 15 biggest transfers in college football: Oklahoma, Florida State headline top moves," 28 Apr. 2021 The Ramblers led wire to wire and, even though the whole world was expecting the Illini to rally, were never seriously threatened. Los Angeles Times, "March Madness best bets: Sweet 16 picks against the spread," 27 Mar. 2021 In the opener, the Jaguars got five shutout innings from their bullpen to allow the offense to rally from down 3-0. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "South Alabama baseball splits with Oral Roberts, but takes series," 27 Feb. 2021 The explicit act of anti-Semitism stunned local leaders, causing the business, media and political elite in Atlanta to rally behind the synagogue. Washington Post, "At his swearing-in, Jon Ossoff used a Hebrew Bible from an MLK ally whose synagogue was bombed by white supremacists," 21 Jan. 2021 Investors broadly expect stocks to rally this year as the rollout of vaccines and fresh government spending help the economy recover from the disruption caused by the pandemic. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Stock Futures Point to Muted Gains," 12 Jan. 2021 Some national park programs have already found success in identifying specific bears for the public to rally behind. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "New A.I. Offers Facial Recognition for Grizzly Bears," 12 Nov. 2020 Latinos don’t have leaders who can rally thousands of people overnight the way Black leaders can. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Column: What will make people care about police shootings of Latinos?," 20 Apr. 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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3 May 2021

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“Rally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rally. Accessed 7 May. 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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