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align

or a·line

[uh-lahyn]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to arrange in a straight line; adjust according to a line.
  2. to bring into a line or alignment.
  3. to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc.: He aligned himself with the liberals.
  4. 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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to fall or come into line; be in line.
  2. to join with others in a cause.
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Origin of align

1685–95; < French aligner, equivalent to a- a-5 + ligner < Latin līneāre, derivative of līnea line1
Related formsa·lign·er, nounre·a·lign, verbself-a·lign·ing, adjectiveun·a·ligned, adjective

Synonyms for align

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1, 2. straighten.
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Related Words for align

coordinate, adjust, regulate, cooperate, agree, associate, even, range, fix, order, straighten, follow, sympathize, ally, affiliate, enlist

Examples from the Web for align

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Historical Examples of align

  • These have been kept in the html version to align the page numbers.

    Scottish Ghost Stories

    Elliott O'Donnell

  • And the ways are ironic; is it not conceivable that the two should align in devious fruition?

    The Beginning

    Henry Hasse

  • The national parties were quick to align themselves on this platform.

    Robert Toombs

    Pleasant A. Stovall

  • I sat for a while striving to align my forces to attack this new front.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram

  • He levelled his rifle, but could not see the fore-sight, so as to align it with the object.


British Dictionary definitions for align

align

verb
  1. to place or become placed in a line
  2. to bring (components or parts, such as the wheels of a car) into proper or desirable coordination or relation
  3. (tr usually foll by with) to bring (a person, country, etc) into agreement or cooperation with the policy, etc of another person or group
  4. (tr) psychol to integrate or harmonize the aims, practices, etc of a group
  5. (usually foll by with) psychol to identify with or match the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person
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Word Origin for align

C17: from Old French aligner, from à ligne into line
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Word Origin and History for align

v.

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.

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