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.
- Rarely a·line .
- a·lign·er, noun
- re·a·lign, verb
- self-a·lign·ing, adjective
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How to use align in a sentence
Google’s ad business isn’t as closely aligned with day-to-day domestic spending, so it’s natural to see Amazon grabbing more market share during these chaotic times.
Call me an optimist, but if corporate lobbying re-aligns around ESG, federal action on climate change would be its most consequential outcome.
You’ve got to figure out some other way to have people be aligned to work well together.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode) | Maria Konnikova | September 12, 2020 | Freakonomics
If we break out each passer’s performance by the type of coverage they faced, their performances continue to align generally in most measures.Scheme (And Sacks) Might Be All That Separate Patrick Mahomes And Deshaun Watson | Josh Hermsmeyer | September 10, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
It’s the reason fellow event planner and designer Jove Meyer also aligns his company with Instagram—he goes as far to say that the social media brand powers his business.Inside ‘Insta-Booking’: How couples are hiring wedding vendors via Instagram | Rachel King | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
No one wants to align with less freedom at a time like this.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I know that many of your values do, indeed, align with Republican policies.
In her opinion, “a lot of the Value Voter's positions could align with those of Jews, particularly the Orthodox.”Klutzy Conservative Jewish Outreach at the Values Voter Summit | Ben Jacobs | September 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was just an aesthetic taste thing that happened to align.Tony Goldwyn Tackles Political Scandal Again on ‘The Divide’ | Jason Lynch | July 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align.Lupita Nyong’o Joins ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast | Marlow Stern | June 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was impossible to align the sights of his stun gun with any of those flitting shadows, Raf discovered.Star Born | Andre Norton
These have been kept in the html version to align the page numbers.Scottish Ghost Stories | Elliott O'Donnell
Lockley found it difficult to align the carrier beam to Vale's exact location.Operation Terror | William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The sights are to enable him to align the barrel of his pistol accurately.The Modern Pistol and How to Shoot It | Walter Winans
To align the squad, the base file or files having been established: 1.Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911 | United States War Department
British Dictionary definitions for align
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
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