Definition of realign in English:

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Pronunciation: /riːəˈlʌɪn/


[with object]
1Change or restore to a different or former position or state: they worked to relieve his shoulder pain and realign the joint the president realigned his government to reflect the balance of parties
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  • Such a transformation realigns governments, legislatures, and armed forces to multinational collective security and collective defense.
  • Chiropractic adjustments aim to realign your vertebrae, restore range of motion and free up your nerve pathways.
  • What the Budget did was to realign the Labour Party back to its roots, as a party of redistribution.
1.1 (realign oneself with) Change one’s opinion with regard to: he wished to realign himself with Bagehot’s more pessimistic position
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  • Over time, the alliance that made up the Zulu kingdom varied in strength and, especially under the rule of Shaka's successor King Dingane, some clans even broke away and realigned themselves with new groups.
  • In other words, ‘they adjusted but also resisted, they bent but stood firm, they educated but realigned themselves with the new circumstances’.
  • In order to realign themselves with their audiences' priorities, the news media must start treating critics of the military with the same skepticism they apply to Pentagon spokesmen.

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