verb (used with object), al·lied, al·ly·ing.
verb (used without object), al·lied, al·ly·ing.
noun, plural al·lies.
- alluvial fan,
- alluvial mining,
- alluvial plain,
- allyl alcohol,
- allyl caproate,
- allyl chloride,
- allyl group
Origin of ally
Examples from the Web for allying
News stories like this one at Vox expressed the consensus view that we were now allying with Assad.
Allying themselves with the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, some Lebanese Christians are standing their ground against ISIS.
By allying himself with Iran hawks, Obama is getting the Iran-Syria dynamic exactly wrong.
On the other hand, it has restored drooping public support in allied countries for the idea of allying with Washington.
Southey's remark that he could only succeed by allying himself with some religious fanaticism was just to the point.The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)|Leslie Stephen
Maxfield Parrish has made himself famous by allying himself with its seas of color.Reading the Weather|Thomas Morris Longstreth
The promise of the Federation was that by allying themselves with men in party politics, women would soon earn the right to vote.My Own Story|Emmeline Pankhurst
The proudest family may be proud of allying themselves to a great artist.A Fortnight of Folly|Maurice Thompson
Count la Marche sought to obviate the difficulty by allying his family with the blood royal.Heroines of the Crusades|C. A. Bloss
verb (əˈlaɪ) -lies, -lying or -lied (usually foll by to or with)
noun (ˈælaɪ, əˈlaɪ) plural -lies
Word Origin for ally
late 14c., "relative, kinsman," from ally (v.); mid-15c. in the sense of "one united with another by treaty or league."
late 13c., "to join in marriage," from Old French alier "combine, unite," from a differentiated stem of aliier (from Latin alligare "bind to;" see alloy). Meaning "to form an alliance, join, associate" is late 14c. Related: allied; allying.