Definition of align verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    align

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    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they align
    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪn//
     
    he / she / it aligns
    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪnz//
     
    past simple aligned
    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪnd//
     
    past participle aligned
    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪnd//
     
    -ing form aligning
    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] align (something) (with something) to arrange something in the correct position, or to be in the correct position, in relation to something else, especially in a straight line Make sure the shelf is aligned with the top of the cupboard. The top and bottom line of each column on the page should align.
  2. 2[transitive] align something (with/to something) to change something slightly so that it is in the correct relationship to something else Domestic prices have been aligned with those in world markets. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from French aligner, from à ligne ‘into line’.Extra examples The group does not want to align itself too closely with the government. The house is aligned along an east-west axis. This pillar is roughly aligned with the others. Make sure the shelf is aligned with the top of the window. Phrasal Verbsalign yourself with somebody
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