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’.