[ uh-lahyn ]
See synonyms for: alignalignedaligningaligns on

verb (used with object)
  1. to arrange in a straight line; adjust according to a line.

  2. to bring into a line or alignment.

  1. to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc.:He aligned himself with the liberals.

  2. 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)
  1. to fall or come into line; be in line.

  2. to join with others in a cause.

Origin of align

First recorded in 1685–95; from French aligner, equivalent to a- “toward” + ligner, from Latin līneāre, derivative of līnea “line”; see origin at a-5, line1
  • Rarely a·line .

Other words for align

Other words from align

  • a·lign·er, noun
  • re·a·lign, verb
  • self-a·lign·ing, adjective

Words Nearby align Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use align in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for align


/ (əˈlaɪn) /

  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

  1. (tr usually foll by with) to bring (a person, country, etc) into agreement or cooperation with the policy, etc of another person or group

  2. (tr) psychol to integrate or harmonize the aims, practices, etc of a group

  3. (usually foll by with) psychol to identify with or match the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person

Origin of align

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

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