- 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 aligning
The speaker conjures up centuries of collective sagacity, aligning oneself with an eternal, inarguable good.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
Turkey under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has never wanted to appear to be aligning itself with Western policies.Turkey’s Attitude Toward ISIS? Sympathy for the Devil
October 1, 2014
By peddling merchandise and aligning with other high-end brands, it is also evolving into a broader business.SoulCycle Is a Booming Exercise Chain for the 1 Percent
July 19, 2013
And so the stars seem to be aligning into one of those moments where, as Seamus Heaney once wrote, “hope and history rhyme.”Immigration Reform Proposal Shows Similar Ideas Betweeen Bush and Obama
January 31, 2013
He wants the status and he knows by aligning himself with Nucky and doing business with him that he will be granted these things.Boardwalk Empire's Racial Divide
October 10, 2010
Into what groups are type faces divided for aligning purposes?Type
A. A. Stewart
In "Right front into line, double time" halting and aligning commands are omitted.Military Instructors Manual
James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
While she secured the flimsy door, he ripped through his belongings, aligning his EI communicator again on his breakfast table.Traders Risk
The battalion adjutant assists in aligning the battalion and then takes his post.Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911
United States War Department
Down the line could be heard shouts of different company officers, aligning their companies.An Annapolis First Classman
Lt.Com Edward L. Beach
- 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 aligning
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.