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



    BrE BrE//ˈælaɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈælaɪ//
    (pl. allies) International relations, Friends
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  1. 1  [countable] a country that has agreed to help and support another country, especially in case of a war our European/NATO allies a loyal ally of the United States Wordfinderaccord, ally, bilateral, cross-border, diplomat, embassy, international, rapprochement, relationship, treaty See related entries: International relations
  2. 2  [countable] a person who helps and supports somebody who is in a difficult situation, especially a politician a close ally and friend of the prime minister her most powerful political ally His sister was his ally against their grandparents. See related entries: Friends
  3. 3the Allies [plural] the group of countries including Britain and the US that fought together in the First and Second World Wars the Western Allies
  4. 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.Extra examples Charles remained a close ally of the French king. He now had an ally against his boss. Jane felt that she had an ally. Portugal is a traditional ally of England. She had found an ally in her old teacher. a friend and ally of the president He’s a close friend and ally of the prime minister.
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