- to unite formally, as by treaty, league, marriage, or the like (usually followed by with or to): Russia allied itself to France.
- to associate or connect by some mutual relationship, as resemblance or friendship.
- to enter into an alliance; join; unite.
- a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose: Canada and the United States were allies in World War II.
- Biology. a plant, animal, or other organism bearing an evolutionary relationship to another, often as a member of the same family: The squash is an ally of the watermelon.
- a person who associates or cooperates with another; supporter.
Origin of ally
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- an adverbial suffix attached to certain adjectives with stems in -ic that have no forms ending in -ical: terrifically.
Origin of -ally
Examples from the Web for ally
But Ally knows better and dresses tastefully for her age and body type now.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
We are not "equal" and you are not an ally if this is the childish base of your notions.The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
In many ways, the behavior of the male “ally” demonstrates how far we have to go in the tech industry.
Whilst Whitacre never defined himself as an “ally,” this remains a cautionary tale of what not to do.
He was at times both an ally and annoyance to President Obama.How House Dems Lost Their Last Southern White Guy
November 9, 2014
And the surprise of his onslaught proved an ally of unguessed potency.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
In less than five minutes, she conquered old Nan, and secured her as an ally for ever.Hetty's Strange History
"You can well understand that I am no ally of Sagnier's," Mege resumed.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Italy was at loggerheads with Austria, her ally, and about to break.
"I knew you were going to be an ally," she murmured under her breath.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- to unite or be united, esp formally, as by treaty, confederation, or marriage
- (tr; usually passive) to connect or be related, as through being similar or compatible
- a country, person, or group allied with another
- a plant, animal, substance, etc, closely related to another in characteristics or form
Word Origin and History for ally
late 14c., "relative, kinsman," from ally (v.); mid-15c. in the sense of "one united with another by treaty or league."