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or aline

[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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  • The operation would take ten minutes, and the axis of this new turn would be aligned directly on Sol by the computer.

    Where I Wasn't Going Walt Richmond
  • Carefully and surely he aligned the ship with the rock in speed and direction.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • In the background, the 75's aligned along the edge of the wood continue joyously their triumphant salvoes.

  • We were all aligned but the old pacer—why didn't you let us go?

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • It wriggled and struggled and refused to let itself be aligned on the target.

British Dictionary definitions for aligned


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 aligned



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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