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rally

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[ ral-ee ]
/ ˈræl i /
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verb (used with object), ral·lied, ral·ly·ing.
verb (used without object), ral·lied, ral·ly·ing.
noun, plural ral·lies.
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Origin of rally

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First recorded in 1585–95; from French verb rallier, Old French, equivalent to r(e)-re- + allier “to join”; see ally

OTHER WORDS FROM rally

ral·li·er, noun

Other definitions for rally (2 of 2)

rally2
[ ral-ee ]
/ ˈræl i /

verb (used with object), ral·lied, ral·ly·ing.
Rare. to ridicule in a good-natured way; banter.

Origin of rally

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First recorded in 1660–70; from French railler “to rail2
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British Dictionary definitions for rally (1 of 2)

rally1
/ (ˈrælɪ) /

verb -lies, -lying or -lied
noun plural -lies

Derived forms of rally

rallier, noun

Word Origin for rally

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

British Dictionary definitions for rally (2 of 2)

rally2
/ (ˈrælɪ) /

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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