To align means to bring something into a straight line, or an easy agreement. If you always park on an angle and people are leaving mean notes on your windshield, learn to align the car with the parking space.

Align comes from the French a, meaning “to” and ligne meaning “line,” and it means to bring something into line with something else. This can be literal. If you are hanging a painting, you’ll want to align it with the window frame. The line can also be metaphorical. If you run for office, your political opinions will need to be aligned with those of your supporters.

Definitions of align
  1. verb

    place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight

    align the car with the curb”
    align the sheets of paper on the table”
    adjust, aline, line up
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    turn or place at an angle

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    adjust and aim (a golf ball) at in preparation of hitting
    synchronise, synchronize

    cause to indicate the same time or rate
    realign, realine

    align anew or better
    true, true up

    make level, square, balanced, or concentric

    adjust the line of sight of (an optical instrument)
    concenter, concentre, focalise, focalize, focus

    bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions

    focus anew
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    set or arrange in a new or different determinate position

  2. verb

    bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation

    align the wheels of my car”
    coordinate, ordinate
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    align imperfectly or badly
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    adjust, correct, set

    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

  3. verb

    be or come into adjustment with

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    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally

    be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

  4. verb

    align oneself with a group or a way of thinking

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    fall in line

    agree on (a position)

    take sides for or against
    pull, root for

    take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
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    have or maintain a position or stand on an issue

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