- 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.
Origin of align
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Examples from the Web for aligned
ISIS and the Nusra Front were once aligned under the al Qaeda banner but have been bitter rivals over the past year.The ISIS Wife Swap Mystery
December 3, 2014
Generally, the foreigner is a class of person often aligned with other vulnerable populations like widows and orphans.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’
November 30, 2014
There was far less sense that military rank was aligned with social rank.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
Arturo in particular built up the organization and aligned it with the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels in the early 2000s.Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali
October 19, 2014
Although it is the official al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, al Nusra is aligned with major Islamist rebel militias in the country.Obama’s Arab Backers May Draw the U.S. Deep Into the Mideast Quagmire
September 25, 2014
There are aligned the social obligations and requirements of the age.The New Education
Carefully and surely he aligned the ship with the rock in speed and direction.Gold in the Sky
Alan Edward Nourse
We were all aligned but the old pacer—why didn't you let us go?
The torches were ready—the men were aligned in front with deadly shotguns.
The lodges were aligned in double row, with a wide avenue between them.The Wild Huntress
- 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 and History for aligned
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.