From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishrallyral‧ly1 /ˈræli/ ●○○ noun (plural rallies) [countable] 1 PPGa large public meeting, especially one that is held outdoors to support a political idea, protest etc About 1,000 people attended the rally in Hyde Park. We decided to hold a rally to put pressure on the government. a mass rally (=large rally) in support of the pay claimpolitical/election/peace etc rally He was shot dead while addressing an election rally. → pep rally► see thesaurus at meeting2 DSOa car race on public roads a rally driver3 an occasion when something, especially the value of shares, becomes stronger again after a period of weakness or defeat a late rally in the Tokyo stock market4 DSa continuous series of hits of the ball between players in a game such as tennisCOLLOCATIONSverbshold/stage a rallyThe students had been refused permission to hold their rally in Victory Square.organize a rallyA rally organized by democratic movements was broken up by soldiers.attend a rallyAbout 200 people braved the weather to attend the rally.address a rally (=speak to the crowd at a rally)The next evening he addressed a large anti-government rally.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + rally a large/huge/massive rallySeveral large rallies were held in December.a mass rally (=a large rally)a mass rally of striking dockersa political rallyHer parents were often away attending political rallies.an election rallyThe senator was due to address an election rally that evening.a campaign rally (=a rally to support someone who is competing in an election)She will attend four campaign rallies in the state before returning to Washington.a protest rallyMinor clashes between police and demonstrators occurred during a protest rally.a peace rallyCND are organising a massive Peace Rally on the second Sunday in July.an anti-government/anti-war etc rallyThe peace groups made plans to hold an anti-war rally.a pro-democracy/pro-independence etc rallyThousands joined a pro-democracy rally in the city.
Examples from the Corpusrally• On Wall Street, across-the-board buying in the oil sector sparked a rally.• It sells buttons, bumper stickers, jewelry, license plate frames and other items at conventions and rallies.• There is also an annual rally in May for Brownies, attended by members from all over the country.• The bulk of the crowd had joined the Orthodox antigovernment rally.• Any rally will be undermined by corporate investors redeeming mutual fund holdings, Subramanian said.• the Monte Carlo Rally• a pro-democracy rally• There was a late rally on the stock exchange.• This leads to a more strategic game with long rallies.• A 30-point rally in the fourth quarter gave the New York the win.• Stansted is sponsoring one of its firemen's rally driving activities.• Andrew often speaks, as he recently did, at the rallies for Burzynski.hold ... rally• Several hundred protesters had gathered in the city, and held a rally earlier in the day.rally driver• He knows how to corner without disaster and is quite a rally driver on the sharp bends.• An auto rally driver with a penchant for crashing cars, Marko Milosevic owns a discotheque and several cafes in the town.• Former rally driver Jean Denton is battling to reduce red tape and bureaucratic burdens on small firms and start-ups.