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[ verb uh-lahy; noun al-ahy, uh-lahy ]
/ verb əˈlaɪ; noun ˈæl aɪ, əˈlaɪ /
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verb (used with object), al·lied, al·ly·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), al·lied, al·ly·ing.

to enter into an alliance; join; unite.

noun, plural al·lies.

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Origin of ally

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English alien, from Anglo-French alal(l)ierier, aillaier, Old French alier, from Latin alligāre “to bind to”; see alloy

OTHER WORDS FROM ally

al·li·a·ble, adjectivepre·al·ly, noun, plural pre·al·lies.pre·al·ly, verb, pre·al·lied, pre·al·ly·ing.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ally

allay, alley, alloy, ally

Definition for ally (2 of 2)

-ally

an adverbial suffix attached to certain adjectives with stems in -ic that have no forms ending in -ical: terrifically.

Origin of -ally

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British Dictionary definitions for ally

ally

verb (əˈlaɪ) -lies, -lying or -lied (usually foll by to or with)

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

noun (ˈælaɪ, əˈlaɪ) plural -lies

a country, person, or group allied with another
a plant, animal, substance, etc, closely related to another in characteristics or form

Word Origin for ally

C14: from Old French alier to join, from Latin alligāre to bind to, from ligāre to bind
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