- 1 [with object] Place or arrange (things) in a straight line: the desks are aligned in straight rows facing forwardsMore example sentences
- He aligned himself straight down and put his arms to his side.
- For each strip place the ruler on the straight end, aligning the desired measure with the edge.
- The Morgan typically shuttles this material some 75 to 100 metres to the chipper, swinging the drags so the logs are aligned straight into the chipper infeed.
- 1.1Put (things) into correct or appropriate relative positions: the fan blades are carefully aligned • figurative aligning domestic prices with prices in world marketsMore example sentences
- Most mutual-fund companies offer index funds, so review their fees and ensure that they are aligned with an appropriate benchmark.
- All this notwithstanding, the proposed Department is a positive move to align national form and function.
- How do you move them from one point to the other, without going through that point that characterizes that mind - correcting it and aligning it, to conform to the overall Classical understanding?
- 1.2 [no object] Lie in a straight line, or in correct relative positions: the pattern of the border at the joint should align perfectlyMore example sentences
- On this rear elevation, you can also see the repetition of the glass block pattern, which now fully frames a perfectly square window that aligns with the front door on the other side of the house.
- When the moon's orbit aligns just perfectly with Jupiter's stormy eye and an entire mountainside is lush with four leaf clovers, something really easy slides across your desk.
- The red vinyl seats around the reflective circular tables and the barstools aligned perfectly with the curved counter top.
- 2 (align oneself with) Give support to (a person, organization, or cause): newspapers usually align themselves with certain political partiesMore example sentences
- No other chamber comes anywhere near that, but our strategy is to align ourselves with all other organisations, as long as they also believe in what we are trying to do.
- So all these people you're aligning yourself with, it's not good.
- Davis exaggerates even when he need not and so risks damaging the cause he's temporarily aligned himself with.
- 2.1 [no object] Come together in agreement or alliance: all of them must now align against the foeMore example sentences
- His supporters feel that their leader was forced into aligning with former foes in order to compete against the Opposition.
- Muslims in Afghanistan aligned with the Northern Alliance were hoping for a particular parliamentary system.
- In Japan, toymakers have aligned to sell together online, making it harder for retailers to single them out for punishment.
late 17th century: from French aligner, from à ligne 'into line'.