noun (plural allies)
- 1A state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose: debate continued among NATO alliesMore example sentences
- Japan is, for all intents and purposes, our strongest ally in Asia at the moment.
- Many Taiwanese see those two countries as the island's most likely allies in any military conflict with China.
- The Philippines and Thailand are military allies of the U.S. in Southeast Asia.
- 1.1A person or organization that cooperates with or helps another in a particular activity: he was forced to dismiss his closest political allyMore example sentences
- Genuine reformers will look to teachers and teacher organizations as their allies.
- Within my global responsibilities, the legal department was a close ally and business partner.
- The two organisations have key allies and it s reassuring for economic development.
- 1.2 (the Allies) The countries that fought with Britain in the First and Second World Wars: they were caught between the German army of occupation and the advancing AlliesMore example sentences
- Many Jews had fought for the Allies during World War Two and had developed their military skills as a result.
- It was the first battle won by the Allies in World War Two and Hitler never won a battle after that.
- Rochdale could be justly proud of the role it played in helping the Allies to victory in World War Two.
Pronunciation: /also əˈlʌɪ /(allies, allying, allied) [with object] (ally something to/with) Back to top
- 1Combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit: he allied his racing experience with his father’s business acumenMore example sentences
- Garry Hay is an integral part of the side as he allies defensive duties with his non-stop attacking forays down the flanks.
- I also believe such a shift would be good for the nationalist brand: it would ally the party with the quality of dynamism, while showing commitment to personal as well as national ‘freedom’.
- She had proved a good leader, allying her people with the underground, yet keeping the government in power in complete ignorance of her true alliance.
- 1.1 (ally oneself with) Side with or support: he allied himself with the forces of changeMore example sentences
- On the other side, advocates of indigenous authors allied themselves with partisans of free trade and international copyright, claiming universal natural rights of authorship.
- Since the families you ally yourself with in marriage determine your level of access to credit, education, food, housing, and a host of other goods, loss of reputation is a disaster.
- Moderate Conservatives will prefer not to ally themselves with those views and will stay at home.
Middle English (as a verb): from Old French alier, from Latin alligare 'bind together', from ad- 'to' + ligare 'to bind'; the noun is partly via Old French alie 'allied'. Compare with alloy.