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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.
Also, aline.
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
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  • When the slots are not aligned, the local electric field reaches the upper plate and drives some of its free charge into ground.
  • For clean coal they have symmetrically aligned stack of molecules coming out of two cooling towers.
  • Many of their existing algorithms could be aligned to bring back results bringing them closer to their core followers.
  • The current and prior image are then aligned and processed by subtracting the current image from the prior image.
  • It's a natural consequence of competing objectives that are not always aligned.
  • And it aligned perfectly with the fast ball delivered down the alley.
  • But in a startup company, the interests of the majority investors and the interests of the company are not always aligned.
  • When the mask is removed, the wires are aligned on the filter paper correspondingly.
  • These accelerometers are arranged in three pairs and are aligned along three different axes of the gradiometer.
  • The distance each beam traveled determined the way the crests and troughs of the light waves aligned when they met in the wafer.
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
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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.

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