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From Middle English alynen, alinen (copulate), from Middle French aligner, from Old French alignier, from a- + lignier, from Latin lineare (make straight or perpendicular), from the noun linea (line), from līneus (flaxen; flaxen [thing]), from līnum (flax), likely ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *līnom (compare linen).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈlaɪn/, /æˈlaɪn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪn


align (third-person singular simple present aligns, present participle aligning, simple past and past participle aligned)

  1. (intransitive) To form a line; to fall into line.
    The pedestrians aligned in such a way that from above they made a pyramidal pattern.
  2. (transitive) To adjust or form to a line; to range or form in line; to bring into line.
  3. (transitive) To organize in a consistent, defined way, perhaps in an abstract sense.
  4. (intransitive, reflexive) To identify (oneself) with, match, or support the behaviour, thoughts, etc. of another person, organization, or country.
    Synonyms: ally, support
  5. (transitive, computing) To store (data) in a way that is consistent with the memory architecture, i.e. by beginning each item at an offset equal to some multiple of the word size.
  6. (transitive, bioinformatics) To organize a linear arrangement of DNA, RNA, or protein sequences which have regions of similarity.
  7. (transitive, information science) To identify entities that refer to the same real-world object in different knowledge bases.

Derived terms[edit]

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