Definition of alignment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪnmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪnmənt//
    [uncountable, countable]
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  1. 1arrangement in a straight line the alignment of the sun, moon and earth at a particular time A bone in my spine was out of alignment.
  2. 2political support given to one country or group by another Japan’s alignment with the West
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French alignement, from aligner, from à ligne ‘into line’. Extra examplesBritain formed a close alignment with Egypt in the last century. China has formed a close alignment with some African countries. IT needs to have a closer alignment to business. It has been very difficult to maintain the alignment between the two countries since the trade dispute. The door needs to be in alignment with the frame before you start work on it.
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