- plural of ally.
- (initial capital letter) (in World War I) the powers of the Triple Entente (Great Britain, France, Russia), with the nations allied with them (Belgium, Serbia, Japan, Italy, etc., not including the United States), or, loosely, with all the nations (including the United States) allied or associated with them as opposed to the Central Powers.
- (initial capital letter) the 26 nations that fought against the Axis in World War II and, with subsequent additions, signed the charter of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945.
- (initial capital letter) the member nations of NATO.
- to unite formally, as by treaty, league, marriage, or the like (usually followed by with or to): Russia allied itself to France.
- to associate or connect by some mutual relationship, as resemblance or friendship.
- to enter into an alliance; join; unite.
- a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose: Canada and the United States were allies in World War II.
- Biology. a plant, animal, or other organism bearing an evolutionary relationship to another, often as a member of the same family: The squash is an ally of the watermelon.
- a person who associates or cooperates with another; supporter.
Origin of ally
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Examples from the Web for allies
The ACLU and its allies are trying to undermine the holiday with lawsuits and annoying billboards.Why I’m for the War on Christmas
December 23, 2014
But they still could have done more to defuse the calls for violence from their allies.De Blasio and the New York City Protesters Have No Blood on Their Hands
December 22, 2014
But she respects grit and determination, in allies and opponents alike.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable
November 18, 2014
Allies within the industry speaking up to defend their friends and colleagues.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up
November 17, 2014
And, unlike their allies in the struggle for black equality, their story has not been fully told in a book or documentary.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
Our allies are the millions who hunger and thirst after righteousness.
Most mighty were Timat's allies, they could not be resisted.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
The crews of the French ships and their allies were ordered to depart in two days.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
But do not forget that in a few weeks the Masai also will be our allies.'Freeland
There was a finality about the dictum that reassured his allies.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
- the plural of ally
- (in World War I) the powers of the Triple Entente (France, Russia, and Britain) together with the nations allied with them
- (in World War II) the countries that fought against the Axis. The main Allied powers were Britain and the Commonwealth countries, the US, the Soviet Union, France, China, and PolandSee also Axis
- to unite or be united, esp formally, as by treaty, confederation, or marriage
- (tr; usually passive) to connect or be related, as through being similar or compatible
- a country, person, or group allied with another
- a plant, animal, substance, etc, closely related to another in characteristics or form
Word Origin and History for allies
late 14c., "relative, kinsman," from ally (v.); mid-15c. in the sense of "one united with another by treaty or league."