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

     

    rally

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈræli//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræli//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rally
    BrE BrE//ˈræli//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræli//
     
    he / she / it rallies
    BrE BrE//ˈræliz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræliz//
     
    past simple rallied
    BrE BrE//ˈrælid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrælid//
     
    past participle rallied
    BrE BrE//ˈrælid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrælid//
     
    -ing form rallying
    BrE BrE//ˈræliɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræliɪŋ//
     
    Recovering from illness
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to come together or bring people together in order to help or support somebody/something rally (around/behind/to somebody/something) The cabinet rallied behind the Prime Minister. Many national newspapers rallied to his support. rally somebody/something (around/behind/to somebody/something) They have rallied a great deal of support for their campaign. The country hastily rallied its defences.
  2. 2[intransitive] to become healthier, stronger, etc. after a period of illness, weakness, etc. synonym recover He never really rallied after the operation. The champion rallied to win the second set 6–3. See related entries: Recovering from illness
  3. 3[intransitive] (finance) (especially of share prices or a country’s money) to increase in value after falling in value synonym recover The company's shares had rallied slightly by the close of trading. The pound rallied against the dollar.
  4. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘bring together again’): from French rallier, from re- ‘again’ + allier ‘to ally’.Extra examples BBC leaders rallied to his defence. Everyone rallied around and offered to help. Friends and colleagues have rallied to her cause. Friends rallied to her. Neighbours rallied round and alerted the emergency services. She urged everyone to rally behind the President. The team captain vainly tried to rally his troops. We were at war and everyone was rallying around the flag. Phrasal Verbsrally round
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