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Definition of "ally" []

  • To place in a friendly association, as by treaty: Italy allied itself with Germany during World War II. (verb-transitive)
  • To unite or connect in a personal relationship, as in friendship or marriage. (verb-transitive)
  • To enter into an alliance: Several tribes allied to fend off the invaders. (verb-intransitive)
  • One that is allied with another, especially by treaty: entered the war as an ally of France. (noun)
  • One in helpful association with another: legislators who are allies on most issues. See Synonyms at partner. (noun)
  • To unite or be united, esp formally, as by treaty, confederation, or marriage (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To connect or be related, as through being similar or compatible (verb)
  • A country, person, or group allied with another (noun)
  • A plant, animal, substance, etc, closely related to another in characteristics or form (noun)

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Use "ally" in a sentence
  • "WORDS ACCENTED ON THE LAST SYLLABLE: address _address'_ adept _adept'_ adult _adult'_ ally _ally'_ commandant _commandänt '(ä as in arm) _ contour _contour'_ dessert _dessert'_ dilate _dilate'_ excise _eksiz'_ finance _finance'_ grimace _grimace'_ importune _importune'_ occult _occult'_ pretence _pretence'_ research _research'_ robust _robust'_ romance _romance'_ tirade _tirade'_"
  • "I already have issues with the term "ally" because it is built on assumed power and privilege and allies are often given far too much face time."
  • "I think the word ally needs to not be used anymore, said Lisa Curtis."