- to arrange in a straight line; adjust according to a line.
- to bring into a line or alignment.
- to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc.: He aligned himself with the liberals.
- to adjust (two or more components of an electronic circuit) to improve the response over a frequency band, as to align the tuned circuits of a radio receiver for proper tracking throughout its frequency range, or a television receiver for appropriate wide-band responses.
- to fall or come into line; be in line.
- to join with others in a cause.
Origin of align
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Examples from the Web for align
No one wants to align with less freedom at a time like this.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
I know that many of your values do, indeed, align with Republican policies.Dear Evangelicals: You’re Being Had
November 30, 2014
In her opinion, “a lot of the Value Voter's positions could align with those of Jews, particularly the Orthodox.”Klutzy Conservative Jewish Outreach at the Values Voter Summit
September 24, 2014
It was just an aesthetic taste thing that happened to align.Tony Goldwyn Tackles Political Scandal Again on ‘The Divide’
July 16, 2014
These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align.Lupita Nyong’o Joins ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast
June 2, 2014
These have been kept in the html version to align the page numbers.Scottish Ghost Stories
And the ways are ironic; is it not conceivable that the two should align in devious fruition?The Beginning
The national parties were quick to align themselves on this platform.Robert Toombs
Pleasant A. Stovall
I sat for a while striving to align my forces to attack this new front.The Thing from the Lake
Eleanor M. Ingram
He levelled his rifle, but could not see the fore-sight, so as to align it with the object.For Fortune and Glory
- to place or become placed in a line
- to bring (components or parts, such as the wheels of a car) into proper or desirable coordination or relation
- (tr usually foll by with) to bring (a person, country, etc) into agreement or cooperation with the policy, etc of another person or group
- (tr) psychol to integrate or harmonize the aims, practices, etc of a group
- (usually foll by with) psychol to identify with or match the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person
Word Origin and History for align
early 15c., "to copulate" (of wolves, dogs), literally "to range (things) in a line," from Middle French aligner, from Old French alignier "set, lay in line," from à "to" (see ad-) + lignier "to line," from Latin lineare, from linea (see line (n.)). Transitive or reflective sense of "to fall into line" is from 1853. International political sense is attested from 1934. No justification for the French spelling, and aline was an early native form. Related: Aligned; aligning.