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Meaning of ALLY

Pronunciation:  [n]'alI, [v]u'lI, 'alee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a friendly nation
  2. [n]  an associate who provides assistance; "he's a good ally in fight"; "they were friends of the workers"
  3. [v]  become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage; "He allied himself with the Communists"

ALLY is a 4 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: friend
 Antonyms: enemy, foe
 See Also: affiliate, alignment, alinement, alliance, associate, associate, assort, blood brother, body politic, coalition, commonwealth, consort, country, land, misally, nation, res publica, state



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Al*ly"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Allied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Allying}.] [OE. alien, OF. alier, F. alier, fr. L. alligare
    to bind to; ad + ligare to bind. Cf. {Alligate}, {Alloy},
    {Allay}, {Ligament}.]
    1. To unite, or form a connection between, as between
       families by marriage, or between princes and states by
       treaty, league, or confederacy; -- often followed by to or
             O chief! in blood, and now in arms allied. --Pope.
    2. To connect or form a relation between by similitude,
       resemblance, friendship, or love.
             These three did love each other dearly well, And
             with so firm affection were allied.   --Spenser.
             The virtue nearest to our vice allied. --Pope.
    Note: Ally is generally used in the passive form or
  2. \Al*ly"\, n.; pl. {Allies}. [See {Ally}, v.]
    1. A relative; a kinsman. [Obs.] --Shak.
    2. One united to another by treaty or league; -- usually
       applied to sovereigns or states; a confederate.
             The English soldiers and their French allies.
    3. Anything associated with another as a helper; an
             Science, instead of being the enemy of religion,
             becomes its ally.                     --Buckle.
    4. Anything akin to another by structure, etc.
  3. \Al"ly\, n.
    See {Alley}, a marble or taw.
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