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Definition of rally verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rally
    he / she / it rallies
    past simple rallied
    -ing form rallying
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to come together or bring people together in order to help or support someone or something rally (around/behind/to somebody/something) The party rallied behind the President. 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 defenses.
  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.
  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. Phrasal Verbsrally around
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