1 [ral-ee]
verb (used with object), rallied, rallying.
to bring into order again; gather and organize or inspire anew: The general rallied his scattered army.
to draw or call (persons) together for a common action or effort: He rallied his friends to help him.
to concentrate or revive, as one's strength, spirits, etc.: They rallied their energies for the counterattack.
verb (used without object), rallied, rallying.
to come together for common action or effort: The disunited party rallied in time for the election campaign.
to come together or into order again: The captain ordered his small force to rally at the next stream.
to come to the assistance of a person, party, or cause (often followed by to or around ): to rally around a political candidate.
to recover partially from illness: He spent a bad night but began to rally by morning.
to find renewed strength or vigor: The runner seemed to be rallying for a final sprint.
(of securities) to rise sharply in price after a drop.
(of the persons forming a stock market) to begin to trade with increased activity after a slow period.
(in tennis, badminton, etc.) to engage in a rally.
to participate in a long-distance automobile race.
Baseball. (of a team) to score one or more runs in one inning.
noun, plural rallies.
a recovery from dispersion or disorder, as of troops.
a renewal or recovery of strength, activity, etc.
a partial recovery of strength during illness.
a drawing or coming together of persons, as for common action, as in a mass meeting: A political rally that brought together hundreds of the faithful.
a get-together of hobbyists or other like-minded enthusiasts, primarily to meet and socialize.
Finance. a sharp rise in price or active trading after a declining market.
an exchange of strokes between players before a point is scored.
the hitting of the ball back and forth prior to the start of a match.
Boxing. an exchange of blows.
Baseball. the scoring of one or more runs in one inning.
British Theater. a quickening of pace for heightening the dramatic effect in a scene or act.
Shipbuilding. a series of blows with battering rams, made in order to drive wedges under a hull to raise it prior to launching.
Also, rallye. a long-distance automobile race, especially for sports cars, held over public roads unfamiliar to the drivers, with numerous checkpoints along the route.

1585–95; < French rallier (v.), Old French, equivalent to r(e)- re- + allier to join; see ally

rallier, noun

2, 4. muster. 3. reanimate, reinvigorate. 4. assemble. 5. reassemble.
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rally1 (ˈrælɪ)
vb (when intr, foll by to) , -lies, -lying, -lied
1.  to bring (a group, unit, etc) into order, as after dispersal, or (of such a group) to reform and come to order: the troops rallied for a final assault
2.  to organize (supporters, etc) for a common cause or (of such people) to come together for a purpose
3.  to summon up (one's strength, spirits, etc) or (of a person's health, strength, or spirits) to revive or recover
4.  (intr) stock exchange to increase sharply after a decline: steels rallied after a bad day
5.  (intr) tennis, squash, badminton to engage in a rally
n , -lies, -lying, -lied, -lies
6.  a large gathering of people for a common purpose, esp for some political cause: the Nuremberg Rallies
7.  a marked recovery of strength or spirits, as during illness
8.  a return to order after dispersal or rout, as of troops, etc
9.  stock exchange a sharp increase in price or trading activity after a decline
10.  tennis, squash, badminton an exchange of several shots before one player wins the point
11.  a type of motoring competition over public and closed roads
[C16: from Old French rallier, from re- + alier to unite; see ally]

rally2 (ˈrælɪ)
vb , -lies, -lying, -lied
to mock or ridicule (someone) in a good-natured way; chaff; tease
[C17: from Old French railler to tease; see rail²]

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Word Origin & History

"bring together," 1603, from Fr. rallier, from O.Fr. ralier "reassemble, unite again," from re- "again" + alier "unite" (see ally). The noun is first recorded 1651, originally in the military sense of "regroup for renewed action after a repulse." Sense of "mass meeting to arouse
group support" first attested 1840, Amer.Eng. Sense of "gathering of automobile enthusiasts" is from 1932, from Fr. Sports sense of "long series of hits" in tennis, etc., is from 1887. Rally round the flag (1862) is a line from popular Amer. Civil War song "Battle Cry of Freedom."

"make fun of, tease," 1668, from Fr. railler "to rail, reproach," from M.Fr. (see rail (v.)).
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