align

[uh-lahyn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to arrange in a straight line; adjust according to a line.
2.
to bring into a line or alignment.
3.
to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc.: He aligned himself with the liberals.
4.
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)
5.
to fall or come into line; be in line.
6.
to join with others in a cause.
Also, aline.


Origin:
1685–95; < French aligner, equivalent to a- a-5 + ligner < Latin līneāre, derivative of līnea line1

aligner, noun
realign, verb
self-aligning, adjective
unaligned, adjective


1, 2. straighten.
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align (əˈlaɪn)
 
vb (usually foll by with)
1.  to place or become placed in a line
2.  to bring (components or parts, such as the wheels of a car) into proper or desirable coordination or relation
3.  to bring (a person, country, etc) into agreement or cooperation with the policy, etc of another person or group
4.  (tr) psychol to integrate or harmonize the aims, practices, etc of a group
5.  (usually foll by with) psychol to identify with or match the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person
 
[C17: from Old French aligner, from à ligne into line]

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align
early 15c., "to range (things) in a line," from M.Fr. aligner, from O.Fr. alignier, from à "to" + lignier "to line," from L. lineare, from linea (see line). Trans. or reflective sense of "to fall into line" is from 1853. International political sense is attested from 1934.
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Example sentences
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.
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