Ally Definition and Meaning: What Does Ally Mean?

Ally Definition

al·ly (-l, l)

v. al·lied, al·ly·ing, al·lies

v.tr.

1. To place in a friendly association, as by treaty: Italy allied itself with Germany during World War II.

2. To unite or connect in a personal relationship, as in friendship or marriage.

v.intr.

To enter into an alliance: Several tribes allied to fend off the invaders.

n. pl. al·lies

1. One that is allied with another, especially by treaty: entered the war as an ally of France.

2. One in helpful association with another: legislators who are allies on most issues. See Synonyms at partner.

3. Allies

a. The nations allied against the Central Powers of Europe during World War I. They were Russia, France, Great Britain, and later many others, including the United States.

b. The nations, primarily Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States, allied against the Axis during World War II.


ally

vb [əˈlaɪ] -lies, -lying, -lied (usually followed by to or with)

1. to unite or be united, esp formally, as by treaty, confederation, or marriage

2. (tr; usually passive) to connect or be related, as through being similar or compatible

n [ˈælaɪ əˈlaɪ] pl -lies

1. a country, person, or group allied with another

2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) a plant, animal, substance, etc., closely related to another in characteristics or form

[from Old French alier to join, from Latin alligāre to bind to, from ligāre to bind]


Noun1.ally - a friendly nation

body politic, country, nation, res publica, commonwealth, state, land - a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"

alignment, alinement, coalition, alliance - an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty

2.ally - an associate who provides cooperation or assistance; "he's a good ally in fight"

friend

associate - a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor; "he had to consult his associate before continuing"

blood brother - a male sworn (usually by a ceremony involving the mingling of blood) to treat another as his brother

Verb1.ally - become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage; "He allied himself with the Communists"

misally - make a bad alliance; ally inappropriately; "The two countries are misallied"

affiliate, assort, consort, associate - keep company with; hang out with; "He associates with strange people"; "She affiliates with her colleagues"


ally

noun

partner, friend, colleague, associate, mate, accessory, comrade, helper, collaborator, accomplice, confederate, co-worker, main man (slang, chiefly U.S.), bedfellow, cobber (Austral. or old-fashioned N.Z. informal), coadjutor, abettor He is a close ally of the Prime Minister.

partner rival, enemy, opponent, competitor, foe, adversary, antagonist

verb

combine, unite, join, link, marry, mix, bond, associate, pool, bind, connect, compound, blend, integrate, merge, put together, unify, fuse, synthesize, join together, band together, meld We need to ally economic freedom with personal liberty.

combine separate, divide, disunite, drive apart, disaffect, set at odds

ally yourself with something or someone unite with, join, associate with, connect, unify, league, affiliate with, collaborate with, join forces with, confederate, band together with, join battle with He will have to ally himself with the new movement.


Definition of ally

noun (plural allies)

  • a state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose: debate continued among NATO allies

  • a person or organization that cooperates with or helps another in a particular activity: he was forced to dismiss his closest political ally

  • (the Allies) the countries that fought with Britain in the First and Second World Wars: they were caught between the German army of occupation and the advancing Allies

verb

Pronunciation: /also əˈlʌɪ/


(allies, allying, allied) [with object] (ally something to/with)

  • combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit: he allied his racing experience with his father’s business acumen

  • (ally oneself with) side with or support: he allied himself with the forces of change

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

Spelling rule

If a word ends in a consonant plus -y (as in defy), change the -y to an -i before adding any ending (unless the ending already begins with an -i): (allies, allying, allied).

To ally is to join another in a mutually beneficial relationship. (verb)

An example of ally is a couple who gets married.

An ally is an individual, country or organization that unites with another. (noun)

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

In the field of biology, ally refers to two things that have a relationship. (noun)

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

ally

Colleague is used always in a good sense, associate and coadjutor generally so; ally, assistant, associate, attendant, companion, helper, either in a good or a bad sense; abetter, accessory, accomplice, confederate, almost always in a bad sense. Ally is oftenest used of national and military matters, or of some other connection regarded as great and important; as, allies of despotism. Colleague is applied to civil and ecclesiastical connections; members of Congress from the same State are colleagues, even though they may be bitter opponents politically and personally. An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court is near in rank to the Chief Justice. A surgeon's assistant is a physician or medical student who shares in the treatment and care of patients; a surgeon's attendant is one who rolls bandages and the like. Follower, henchman, retainer are persons especially devoted to a chief, and generally bound to him by necessity, fee, or reward. Partner has come to denote almost exclusively a business connection. In law, an abettor (the general legal spelling) is always present, either actively or constructively, at the commission of the crime; an accessory never. An accomplice is usually a principal; an accessory never. If present, though only to stand outside and keep watch against surprise, one is an abettor, and not an accessory. At common law, an accessory implies a principal, and can not be convicted until after the conviction of the principal; the accomplice or abettor can be convicted as a principal. Accomplice and abettor have nearly the same meaning, but the former is the popular, the latter more distinctively the legal term. Compare APPENDAGE; AUXILIARY.

Synonyms:

abetter, abettor, accessory, accomplice, assistant, associate, attendant, coadjutor, colleague, companion, confederate, follower, helper, henchman, participator, partner, retainer

Antonyms:

adversary, antagonist, betrayer, chief, commander, enemy, foe, hinderer, instigator, leader, opponent, opposer, principal, rival

Preposition:

An accessory to the crime; before or after the fact; the accessories of a figure in a painting.


Allay Sentence Examples

  • Humanity's indispensable insect ally is facing an array of threats, many man-made.

  • Ralls and her colleagues have a new ally in their research: a dog.

  • In the long run a strong ally is better than a weak one.

  • Last night my wife said that she's my biggest fan and my biggest ally.

  • If inflation is the enemy, diversification is your ally.

  • The most powerful player is often the least attractive political ally.

  • Beneath the difficulty lies a hidden ally.

  • His ambition fired by the conversation, he began to plan the statue that would be a gift to America from her oldest ally.

  • Adversity had been their ally.

  • In these situations the monitor on the back of your digital camera is an important ally.

  • Their insect prey carries human pathogens, so frogs are an ally against disease.

  • Nature, and the need to regard it as an ally rather than an antagonist, was one of his constant preoccupations.

  • Opacity was understood as the ally of corruption, transparency the enemy.

  • She gradually caught on that her new pal was trolling for an ally in a decade-long feud with another senior colleague.


Definition of ally

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈalī/

(plural allies)

  • a state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose, typically by treaty.

  • a person or organization that cooperates with or helps another in a particular activity: he was forced to dismiss his closest political ally

  • (the Allies) a group of nations taking military action together, in particular the countries that fought with the US in World War I and World War II.

verb

Pronunciation: /əˈlī/

(allies, allying, allied) [with object] (ally something to/with)

  • combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit: he allied his racing experience with his father's business acumen

  • (ally oneself with) side with or support (someone or something): he allied himself with the forces of change

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

Spelling rule

If a word ends in a consonant plus -y (as in defy), change the -y to an -i before adding any ending (unless the ending already begins with an -i): (allies, allying, allied).

noun

confederate, partner, collaborator; see associate. See syn. study atassociate

verb

To be formally associated, as by treaty:

  • align, confederate, federate, league. See connect, politics

To unite or be united in a relationship:

  • affiliate, associate, bind, combine, conjoin, connect, join, link, relate. See connect

noun

One nation associated with another in a common cause:

  • coalitionist, confederate, leaguer. See connect, politics

One who is united in a relationship with another:

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