Verb ally Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


ally (third-person singular simple present allies, present participle allying, simple past and past participle allied)

  1. (transitive) To unite, or form a connection between, as between families by marriage, or between princes and states by treaty, league, or confederacy
  2. (transitive) To connect or form a relation between by similitude, resemblance, friendship, or love.
Usage notes
to unite by agreement
to form a relation on less formal basis
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More definition: unite formally, as by treaty, league, marriage, or the like (usually followed by with or to), Russia allied itself to France. associate or connect by some mutual relationship, as resemblance or friendship. enter into an alliance; join; unite.

4.a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose, Canada and the United States were allies in World War II.

5.Biology. a plant, animal, or other organism bearing an evolutionary relationship to another, often as a member of the same family, The squash is an ally of the watermelon.

6.a person who associates or cooperates with another; supporter. adverbial suffix attached to certain adjectives with stems in -ic that have no forms ending in -ical, terrifically.

1. to unite or be united, esp formally, as by treaty, confederation, or marriage

2. (transitive; usually passive) to connect or be related, as through being similar or compatible noun (ˈælaɪ; əˈlaɪ) (pl) -lies

3. a country, person, or group allied with another

4. a plant, animal, substance, etc, closely related to another in characteristics or form Word OriginC14, from Old French alier to join, from Latin alligāre to bind to, from ligāre to bindCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 13c., "to join in marriage," from Old French alier "combine, unite," from a differentiated stem of aliier (from Latin alligare "bind to;" see alloy). Meaning "to form an alliance, join, associate" is late 14c. Related, allied; allying.
late 14c., "relative, kinsman," from ally (v.); mid-15c. in the sense of "one united with another by treaty or league."


He met the gaze of his only ally, Jetr, a man from a distant galaxy who had been an ally of Anshan for three generations.

There is no negotiating with the Yirkin scum or my father's killer, A'Ran thought but held his tongue, aware his only ally believed himself right in this.

That they'd ally with the dishonorable Yirkin was his fault; his affront at taking Kiera from them was enough for them to overcome their distaste at dealing with the Yirkin, whom they viewed as even less civilized than the Anshan.

The odd little man was the loyal ally A'Ran considered him!

Kiki shook his head and stalked off into the brush.  Kris held out his hand to Hannah, unable to shake the small part of him that was grateful he had one ally, even if she shouldn't have come.

Our new friend may be an ally to Sirian.

"I am not your ally," he repeated.

The words of Tiyan's warlords yearned to be read, their lesson clear: the creature was no ally of man.

Be assured we have always been and will always be an ally of Tiyan.

Crustuliniformis, a close ally if not indeed a mere variety of the first.

Here may be noticed three genera of large extinct marsupials from the Pleistocene of Australia whose affinities appear to ally them to the wombat-group on the one hand and to the phalangers on the other.

To the papacy in 1159 added a powerful ally to the republican party.

In foreign affairs Catherine devoted her attention mainly to pushing forward the Russian frontier westwards and south- Foreign wards, and as France was the traditional ally of policy of Sweden, Poland and Turkey, she adopted at first Cath- the so-called systeme du Nord, that is to say, a close erine.

Then he approached Lazarev (who rolled his eyes and persistently gazed at his own monarch), looked round at the Emperor Alexander to imply that what he was now doing was done for the sake of his ally, and the small white hand holding the Order touched one of Lazarev's buttons.

But royaute oblige! * and he felt it incumbent on him, as a king and an ally, to confer on state affairs with Alexander's envoy.

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