ally

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See also: Ally and -ally

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

ally (third-person singular simple present allies, present participle allying, simple past and past participle allied)

  1. (transitive) To unite, or form a connection between, as between families by marriage, or between princes and states by treaty, league, or confederacy
  2. (transitive) To connect or form a relation between by similitude, resemblance, friendship, or love.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Edmund Spenser:
      These three did love each other dearly well, And with so firm affection were allied.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Alexander Pope:
      The virtue nearest to our vice allied.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Generally used in the passive form or reflexively.
  • Often followed by to or with.
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Noun[edit]

ally (plural allies)

  1. One united to another by treaty or league; — usually applied to sovereigns or states; a confederate.
  2. Anything associated with another as a helper; an auxiliary.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Buckle:
      Science, instead of being the enemy of religion, becomes its ally.
  3. Anything akin to something else by structure, etc.
  4. (taxonomy) A closely related species, usually within the same family.
    • Gruiformes — cranes and allies
  5. (obsolete) A relative; a kinsman.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Diminutive of alabaster.

Noun[edit]

ally (plural allies)

  1. Alternative form of alley (a glass marble or taw)

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