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.
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.
a person who advocates for or supports a marginalized or politicized group but is not a member of the group: Straight allies speak up for the LGBTQ community.As a man, how can I be a good ally to women in the struggle for gender equality?
- al·li·a·ble, adjective
- pre·al·ly, noun, plural pre·al·lies.
- pre·al·ly, verb, pre·al·lied, pre·al·ly·ing.
How to use ally in a sentence
But ally knows better and dresses tastefully for her age and body type now.
We are not "equal" and you are not an ally if this is the childish base of your notions.
In many ways, the behavior of the male “ally” demonstrates how far we have to go in the tech industry.
But on closer inspection, Wadhwa is still early in his journey to becoming a real ally.
Whilst Whitacre never defined himself as an “ally,” this remains a cautionary tale of what not to do.
It was of course obvious that France, the traditional ally of Sweden, dominated Europe.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
At last the lascar rose and floundered through the mud toward the village, but he was careful to leave an ally to watch the boats.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
Thenceforth he was always a reliable ally of the Spaniards against Moro incursions.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
In Nicholas Rubinstein he found a powerful friend and ally, who supported his enterprise for twenty years with unfailing energy.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
To be called Thomas was gratifying, but the Mr. was quite overpowering and made Tom her ally at once.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for ally
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
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