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

  

ally

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ally
BrE BrE//əˈlaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪ//
 
he / she / it allies
BrE BrE//əˈlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪz//
 
past simple allied
BrE BrE//əˈlaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪd//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈælaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈælaɪd//
 
past participle allied
BrE BrE//əˈlaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪd//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈælaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈælaɪd//
 
-ing form allying
BrE BrE//əˈlaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//əˈlaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪ//
 
(allies, allying, allied, allied) [transitive, intransitive] ally (yourself) with somebody/something to give your support to another group or country The prince allied himself with the Scots.
Word Familyally verb nounallied adjectivealliance noun Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): from Old French alier, from Latin alligare ‘bind together’, from ad- ‘to’ + ligare ‘to bind’; the noun is partly via Old French alie ‘allied’. Compare with alloy.
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