verb (used with object), ral·lied, ral·ly·ing.

verb (used without object), ral·lied, ral·ly·ing.

noun, plural ral·lies.

Origin of rally

1585–95; < French rallier (v.), Old French, equivalent to r(e)- re- + allier to join; see ally
Related formsral·li·er, noun

Synonyms for rally

2, 4. muster. 3. reanimate, reinvigorate. 4. assemble. 5. reassemble.
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British Dictionary definitions for rally around



verb -lies, -lying or -lied

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

noun plural -lies

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
Derived Formsrallier, noun

Word Origin for rally

C16: from Old French rallier, from re- + alier to unite; see ally



verb -lies, -lying or -lied

to mock or ridicule (someone) in a good-natured way; chaff; tease

Word Origin for rally

C17: from Old French railler to tease; see rail ²
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Word Origin and History for rally around



"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).

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Idioms and Phrases with rally around

rally around

Join in a common effort, as in When Mom broke her leg the entire family rallied around to help. This idiom gained currency with George F. Root's famous Civil War song, “The Battle Cry of Freedom,” which urges troops to rally round the flag that goes with them into battle. [Early 1800s]

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