- 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 realign
Among his political friends, Wildstein first approached Stepien about his idea to realign the Fort Lee toll lanes.Team Christie Clears Christie Over Bridgegate
March 27, 2014
But the essential conditions that led Hamas to realign itself with the Sunni Muslim states remain in place.Hamas-Egypt Tensions Take Toll On Gaza
July 25, 2013
And while Obama both reflects and reinforces the impetus to realign, the befuddled, hemmed-in GOP seems doomed to decline.Obama Realigns, the GOP Declines: The New Political Paradigm
February 1, 2013
There is a lot of work to be done to realign our party with our principles and our heritage.Inside the Young GOP's Civil War
July 15, 2009
He then repeatedly had plastic surgery performed on his face to realign his looks to the drastic reshapings of his nose.How Constant Change Killed Jackson
July 5, 2009
- to change or put back to a new or former place or position
- 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 realign
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.