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align
align (v.) early 15c., "to copulate" (of wolves, dogs), lit. "to range (things) in a line," from M.Fr. aligner, from O.Fr. alignier "set, lay in line," from à "to" (see AD- (Cf. ad-)) + lignier "to line," from L. lineare, from linea (see LINE (Cf. line) (n.)). Transitive or reflective sense of "to fall into line" is from 1853. International political sense is attested from 1934. No justification for the French spelling, and aline was an early native form. Related: Aligned; aligning.

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  • align — ► VERB 1) place or arrange in a straight line or into correct relative positions. 2) (align oneself with) ally oneself to. DERIVATIVES alignment noun. ORIGIN French aligner, from à ligne into line …   English terms dictionary

  • Align — A*lign , v. t. [F. aligner; [ a] (L. ad) + ligne (L. linea) line. See {Line}, and cf. {Allineate}.] To adjust or form to a line; to range or form in line; to bring into line; to aline. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Align — A*lign , v. t. To form in line; to fall into line. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • align — I verb accommodate, adapt, adjust, ameliorate, amend, attune, change, collimate, conform, correct, cure, improve, level, line up, make uniform, modify, normalize, pattern, perfect, readjust, rectify, regularize, remedy, revise II index conform,… …   Law dictionary

  • align — *line, line up, range, array Analogous words: *order, arrange, marshal: regulate, fix, *adjust Contrasted words: *disorder, disarrange, derange, unsettle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms