- to bring into order again; gather and organize or inspire anew: The general rallied his scattered army.
- to draw or call (persons) together for a common action or effort: He rallied his friends to help him.
- to concentrate or revive, as one's strength, spirits, etc.: They rallied their energies for the counterattack.
- to come together for common action or effort: The disunited party rallied in time for the election campaign.
- to come together or into order again: The captain ordered his small force to rally at the next stream.
- to come to the assistance of a person, party, or cause (often followed by to or around): to rally around a political candidate.
- to recover partially from illness: He spent a bad night but began to rally by morning.
- to find renewed strength or vigor: The runner seemed to be rallying for a final sprint.
- (of securities) to rise sharply in price after a drop.
- (of the persons forming a stock market) to begin to trade with increased activity after a slow period.
- (in tennis, badminton, etc.) to engage in a rally.
- to participate in a long-distance automobile race.
- Baseball. (of a team) to score one or more runs in one inning.
- a recovery from dispersion or disorder, as of troops.
- a renewal or recovery of strength, activity, etc.
- a partial recovery of strength during illness.
- a drawing or coming together of persons, as for common action, as in a mass meeting: A political rally that brought together hundreds of the faithful.
- a get-together of hobbyists or other like-minded enthusiasts, primarily to meet and socialize.
- Finance. a sharp rise in price or active trading after a declining market.
- (in tennis, badminton, etc.)
- an exchange of strokes between players before a point is scored.
- the hitting of the ball back and forth prior to the start of a match.
- Boxing. an exchange of blows.
- Baseball. the scoring of one or more runs in one inning.
- British Theater. a quickening of pace for heightening the dramatic effect in a scene or act.
- Shipbuilding. a series of blows with battering rams, made in order to drive wedges under a hull to raise it prior to launching.
- Also ral·lye. a long-distance automobile race, especially for sports cars, held over public roads unfamiliar to the drivers, with numerous checkpoints along the route.
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- to ridicule in a good-natured way; banter.
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Examples from the Web for rallied
Republicans rallied to the cause, arguing that the pipeline would create jobs.Hillary Praises Fracking, Stays Silent on Keystone
December 2, 2014
At 11:00 a.m., a group of 40 young people, mostly teenagers, rallied at a subway station about a mile from the airport.Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution
November 21, 2014
The only policy issue that rallied a significant majority of Wisconsin voters was the minimum wage—two-thirds favored raising it.Scott Walker: Too Boring to Beat
Ana Marie Cox
November 5, 2014
The Internet rallied around the boy, and his tormentors have been identified.Ice Bucket Challenge Bullies Messed with the Wrong Internet
September 9, 2014
Democrats rallied to defend Koskinen, who was sworn in as IRS commissioner in December 2013.House Republicans Take on John Koskinen: Scenes From an IRS Sideshow
June 24, 2014
These two have rallied their host upon his modishly trimmed side-whiskers.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But Mr. Gladstone rallied again, and Wednesday morning he was still living.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Gen. Marion had rallied a troop there, and checked the pursuit.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
Wilson was breathing quietly: his color was coming up, as he rallied from the shock.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I rallied L—— the other day upon his having no eyes or ears but for his wife.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- to bring (a group, unit, etc) into order, as after dispersal, or (of such a group) to reform and come to orderthe troops rallied for a final assault
- (when intr , foll by to) to organize (supporters, etc) for a common cause or (of such people) to come together for a purpose
- to summon up (one's strength, spirits, etc) or (of a person's health, strength, or spirits) to revive or recover
- (intr) stock exchange to increase sharply after a declinesteels rallied after a bad day
- (intr) tennis squash badminton to engage in a rally
- a large gathering of people for a common purpose, esp for some political causethe Nuremberg Rallies
- a marked recovery of strength or spirits, as during illness
- a return to order after dispersal or rout, as of troops, etc
- stock exchange a sharp increase in price or trading activity after a decline
- tennis squash badminton an exchange of several shots before one player wins the point
- a type of motoring competition over public and closed roads
- to mock or ridicule (someone) in a good-natured way; chaff; tease
Word Origin and History for rallied
"bring together," c.1600, from French rallier, from Old French ralier "reassemble, unite again," from re- "again" (see re-) + alier "unite" (see ally (v.)). Intransitive meaning "pull together hastily, recover order, revive, rouse" is from 1660s. Related: Rallied; rallying. Rally round the flag (1862) is a line from popular American Civil War song "Battle Cry of Freedom."
"make fun of, tease," 1660s, from French railler "to rail, reproach" (see rail (v.)).
1650s, originally in the military sense of "a regrouping for renewed action after a repulse," from rally (v.1). Sense of "mass meeting to stir enthusiasm" first attested 1840, American English. Sense of "gathering of automobile enthusiasts" is from 1932, from French rallye, itself from the English noun. Sports sense of "long series of hits" in tennis, etc., is from 1881, earlier "series of back-and-forth blows in a boxing match" (1829).