\ ə-ˈlīn How to pronounce align (audio) \
variants: or less commonly aline
aligned also alined; aligning also alining; aligns also alines

Definition of align

transitive verb

1 : to bring into line or alignment aligned the books on the shelf
2 : to array on the side of or against a party or cause He aligned himself with the protesters.

intransitive verb

1 : to get or fall into line He aligned with his friends against a common enemy.
2 : to be in or come into precise adjustment or correct relative position Negative ends of molecules align with positive ends of other molecules.

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Other Words from align

aligner noun

Examples of align in a Sentence

He aligned the two holes so he could put the screw through them. The two parts of the machine are not properly aligned. The text aligns with the bottom of the picture. The schools had to align their programs with state requirements. She is aligning with other senators to oppose his nomination.
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Recent Examples on the Web Its security interests largely align with the United States’ and Australia’s wariness of an emboldened China, but France also sees itself as a potential stabilizing power. Rick Noack, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2021 In the management and friend simulation game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the days align with real time. Aigner Loren Wilson, Wired, 16 Sep. 2021 Advanced metrics align with the traditional statistics., 14 Sep. 2021 So what if the most recent polls are correct, the stars align, and Gov. Gavin Newsom lives to govern another day. Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 The results align closely with another poll published last week by the Public Policy Institute of California that showed the first-term Democrat poised to survive the Sept. 14 special election by about 19 percentage points. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Sep. 2021 Other observations align with the predictions of the pregnancy compensation hypothesis. Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2021 How one team member communicates may not align perfectly with their manager’s or peers’ preferences. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 But these facts do not align with stereotypes of disabled people that those living without disabilities confuse for reality. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of align

circa 1693, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for align

French aligner, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + ligne line, from Latin linea

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The first known use of align was circa 1693

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23 Sep 2021

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“Align.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of align

: to arrange things so that they form a line or are in proper position
: to change (something) so that it agrees with or matches something else
: to join a group that is supporting or opposing something


\ ə-ˈlīn How to pronounce align (audio) \
aligned; aligning

Kids Definition of align

: to arrange things so that they form a line or are in proper position He aligned the two holes so he could put the screw through them.

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