align

or a·line

[ uh-lahyn ]
/ əˈlaɪn /

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to fall or come into line; be in line.
to join with others in a cause.

Origin of align

1685–95; < French aligner, equivalent to a- a-5 + ligner < Latin līneāre, derivative of līnea line1

Related forms

a·lign·er, nounre·a·lign, verbself-a·lign·ing, adjectiveun·a·ligned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for align

align

/ (əˈlaɪn) /

verb

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 for align

C17: from Old French aligner, from à ligne into line
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