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[uh-lahyn] /əˈlaɪn/
verb (used with object)
to arrange in a straight line; adjust according to a line.
to bring into a line or alignment.
to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc.:
He aligned himself with the liberals.
to adjust (two or more components of an electronic circuit) to improve the response over a frequency band, as to align the tuned circuits of a radio receiver for proper tracking throughout its frequency range, or a television receiver for appropriate wide-band responses.
verb (used without object)
to fall or come into line; be in line.
to join with others in a cause.
Origin of align
1685-95; < French aligner, equivalent to a- a-5 + ligner < Latin līneāre, derivative of līnea line1
Related forms
aligner, noun
realign, verb
self-aligning, adjective
unaligned, adjective
1, 2. straighten. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Detail out this afternoon staking out the ground to align the batteries.

    An Artilleryman's Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones
  • These have been kept in the html version to align the page numbers.

    Scottish Ghost Stories Elliott O'Donnell
  • The national parties were quick to align themselves on this platform.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • It had become natural to us in the cabin to align ourselves on one side or the other.

    The Great Quest Charles Boardman Hawes
  • Well, he should align the girls' irrigating ditch and then go about his business.

    The Iron Furrow George C. Shedd
British Dictionary definitions for align


to place or become placed in a line
to bring (components or parts, such as the wheels of a car) into proper or desirable coordination or relation
(transitive) usually foll by with. to bring (a person, country, etc) into agreement or cooperation with the policy, etc of another person or group
(transitive) (psychol) to integrate or harmonize the aims, practices, etc of a group
(usually foll by with) (psychol) to identify with or match the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person
Word Origin
C17: from Old French aligner, from à ligne into line
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for align

early 15c., "to copulate" (of wolves, dogs), literally "to range (things) in a line," from Middle French aligner, from Old French alignier "set, lay in line," from à "to" (see ad-) + lignier "to line," from Latin lineare, from linea (see line (n.)). Transitive or reflective sense of "to fall into line" is from 1853. International political sense is attested from 1934. No justification for the French spelling, and aline was an early native form. Related: Aligned; aligning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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