Ally meaning

ə-lī, ălī
The definition of ally is to join another in a mutually beneficial relationship.

An example of ally is a couple who gets married.

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Ally is defined as an individual, country or organization that unites with another.

An example of an ally is Britain to the US in World War II.

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In the field of biology, ally is defined as two things that have an evolutionary relationship.

An example of a vegetable that is an ally is cabbage as compared to Brussel sprouts.

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To place in a friendly association, as by treaty.

Italy allied itself with Germany during World War II.

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To unite or connect in a personal relationship, as in friendship or marriage.
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A diminutive of the female given names Alison, Alice and Alexandra.
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Forms adverbs; usually of adjectives ending in -ic.
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One that is allied with another, especially by treaty.

Entered the war as an ally of France.

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A plant, animal, or thing closely related in structure, etc. to another.
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An associate; helper; auxiliary.
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To unite, or form a connection between, as between families by marriage, or between princes and states by treaty, league, or confederacy.
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To connect or form a relation between by similitude, resemblance, friendship, or love.
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Anything associated with another as a helper; an auxiliary.
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To enter into an alliance.

Several tribes allied to fend off the invaders.

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To relate by similarity of structure, certain qualities, etc.

The onion is allied to the lily.

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One united to another by treaty or league; — usually applied to sovereigns or states; a confederate.
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A diminutive of the male given name Alfred or of other names beginning with Al-.
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To unite or associate for a specific purpose, as families by marriage, nations by treaty, or companies by agreement.
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To become allied.
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A country, person, or group joined with another or others for a common purpose.
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Anything akin to something else by structure, etc.
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(taxonomy) A closely related species, usually within the same family.
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Alternative form of alley. (a glass marble or taw)
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Origin of ally

  • Middle English allien from Old French alier from Latin alligāre to bind to alloy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English alien, Old French alier (Modern French allier), from Latin alligō (“to bind to”), from ad (“to”) + ligō. Compare alligate, allay, alloy and ligament.

    From Wiktionary

  • Combination of adjectival suffix + adverbial suffix.

    From Wiktionary

  • Diminutive of alabaster.

    From Wiktionary