transitive verb-·lied, -·ly·ing
- to gather together (retreating troops) so as to bring back into a state of order
- to summon or bring (persons) together for a common purpose
- to bring back to action; revive: to rally one's spirits
Origin of rallyFrench rallier from Old French re-, again + alier, to join: see ally
- to come back to a state of order: said esp. of retreating troops
- to come together for a common purpose, esp. to assist or support a cause, person, etc.
- to come in order to help: to rally to the side of a friend
- to come back to action, normal strength, etc.; revive: to rally from a fever
- Racket Sports to take part in a rally
- Finance to rise in price after having fallen: said of stocks, etc.
- Sports to come from behind in scoring
- a rallying or being rallied; specif., a gathering of people, as a pep rally, for a common purpose
- an organized automobile run, esp. of sports cars on public roads, designed to test driving skillsalso sp. ral′lye
- Racket Sports an exchange of several strokes before the point is won