align /əˈlʌɪn/


I. verb

1. [with obj.] place or arrange (things) in a straight line

the desks are aligned in straight rows facing forwards.
2. put (things) into correct or appropriate relative positions

the fan blades are carefully aligned

‹figurative› aligning domestic prices with prices in world markets.

3. [no obj.] lie in a straight line, or in correct relative positions

the pattern of the border at the joint should align perfectly.
4. ( align oneself with) give support to (a person, organization, or cause)

newspapers usually align themselves with certain political parties.
5. [no obj.] come together in agreement or alliance

all of them must now align against the foe.
– origin late 17th cent.: from French aligner, from à ligne ‘into line’.

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