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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•lign /əˈlaɪn/USA pronunciation   v. [~ + object]
  1. to arrange in a straight line:to align the beams in the ceiling.
  2. to bring into alignment:to align the wheels on a car.
  3. to bring into agreement with a particular group, cause, etc.:aligned himself with the minority party.[be + aligned + with]was aligned with the minority party.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•lign  (ə līn),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to arrange in a straight line;
    adjust according to a line.
  2. to bring into a line or alignment.
  3. to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc.:He aligned himself with the liberals.
  4. Electronicsto adjust (two or more components of an electronic circuit) to improve the response over a frequency band, as to align the tuned circuits of a radio receiver for proper tracking throughout its frequency range, or a television receiver for appropriate wide-band responses.

v.i. 
  1. to fall or come into line;
    be in line.
  2. to join with others in a cause.
Also,  aline.  a•ligner, n. 
  • Latin līneāre, derivative of līnea line1
  • French aligner, equivalent. to a- a-5 + ligner
  • 1685–95
    1, 2. straighten.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
align /əˈlaɪn/ vb
  1. to place or become placed in a line
  2. to bring (components or parts, such as the wheels of a car) into proper or desirable coordination or relation
  3. (transitive) usually followed by with: to bring (a person, country, etc) into agreement or cooperation with the policy, etc of another person or group
Etymology: 17th Century: from Old French aligner, from à ligne into line
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