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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: aligner, from ligne 'line'

align

verb
     
a‧lign
1 [transitive] to publicly support a political group, country, or person that you agree with
align yourself with somebody/something
Church leaders have aligned themselves with the opposition.
a country closely aligned with the West
2 [intransitive and transitive] to arrange things so that they form a line or are parallel to each other, or to be in a position that forms a line etc:
The desks were neatly aligned in rows.
Make sure that all the holes align.
3 [transitive usually passive] to organize or change something so that it has the right relationship to something else
align with
This policy is closely aligned with the goals of the organization.

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