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ral·​ly·​ing ˈra-lē-iŋ How to pronounce rallying (audio)
: the sport of driving in automobile rallies (see rally entry 2 sense 4)


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present participle of rally entry 1, rally entry 3

Examples of rallying in a Sentence

Noun the rallying of students to support our petition for better bus service was made a lot easier by this morning's subzero temperatures
Recent Examples on the Web
Toronto actually trailed the 1942 title series 3-0 to Detroit, and wound up rallying to take the next four games. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 11 June 2023 Supporters of the Palestinian cause see it as a rallying call to end the fragmentation of Palestinian land and Israeli occupation. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 Those rallying on Tuesday will emphasize the urgent need to release the hostages captured by Hamas more than a month ago. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2023 News of his passing hit the cast with a wave of sadness and compassion, many rallying around Olivia to offer their support. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 The Razorbacks were held scoreless through six innings Saturday before rallying. Bob Holt, Arkansas Online, 28 May 2023 Trump separately held an event in nearby Hialeah on Wednesday night, rallying supporters in a heavily Hispanic part of Florida where Republicans have seen gains in recent years. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 9 Nov. 2023 That's a sign people are piling into contracts that would profit if the fund kept rallying, or hedging other bearish bets against Treasurys. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2023 Their deficiencies forced them to keep rallying, four double-digit comeback wins fueling the team’s 8-0 start. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rallying was in 1957

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“Rallying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rallying. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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