ally

I UK [ˈælaɪ] / US [ˈæˌlaɪ] noun
Word forms "ally":
singular ally plural allies
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1)
a) [countable] a country that makes an agreement with another country that they will work together to help each other, especially in a war

the United States and its European allies

b) the Allies
[plural] the countries that united to fight against Germany in the First and Second World Wars, or against Iraq in the Gulf War
2) [countable] someone who is ready to help you, especially against someone else who is causing problems for you

If you're going to succeed in this job you will need allies.


II UK [əˈlaɪ] / US / UK [ˈælaɪ] / US [ˈæˌlaɪ] verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "ally":
present tense I/you/we/they ally he/she/it allies present participle allying past tense allied past participle allied
1) if a country allies itself with another country, it makes an agreement with it that they will work together to help each other, especially in a war

countries that have allied themselves with the West

2) if you ally yourself with someone, you work together to help each other

We should ally ourselves with companies that complement our strengths.

3) if you ally yourself with something such as a belief or an organization, you show your strong support for it

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • ally — index affiliate, backer, bear (support), benefactor, coactor, coadjutant, cohort, colleague …   Law dictionary

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  • ally — [n] something united with another, especially by treaty accessory, accomplice, associate, coadjutor, collaborator, colleague, confederate, co worker, friend, helper, partner; concepts 299,322,354,359 Ant. antagonist, enemy …   New thesaurus

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