Adjective "ally" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose.
  1. 'He still has allies inside Umno and among Malaysia's numerous royal families.'
  2. 'He stated that First Nations are allies with the Queen, not subjects to her.'
  3. 'He is working in a cooperative way with the United Nations and our allies around the world.'
  4. 'We're going to depend on our allies, and others are going to have to belly up the same as we are.'
  5. 'The two countries, ostensibly allies, too often view each other suspiciously and lovelessly.'
  6. 'The allies had no power to use military force to put pressure of any kind on the regime.'
  7. 'As the war continued, Italy's relations with its allies continued to develop.'
  8. 'Japan is, for all intents and purposes, our strongest ally in Asia at the moment.'
  9. 'The division among progressive allies is a signal of the genomic politics to come.'
  10. 'For over 50 years our country, with our allies, has sought to avoid war by deterring potential aggressors.'
  11. 'he was forced to dismiss his closest political ally'
  12. 'The idea of calling in the military to shape up students has won some unusual allies.'
  13. 'I'd say to people who are immediately under attack from this, get yourselves organised, find allies and fight back.'
  14. 'He said he had no idea his political ally was misusing Forum funds.'
  15. 'Some of his former political allies had turned their backs on him.'
  16. 'Within my global responsibilities, the legal department was a close ally and business partner.'
  17. 'Frankly, a lot of the money seems to be going to the political allies of this president.'
  18. 'Hostilities will cease and you shall depart college with true allies and four good years.'
  19. 'Does it bother you in the least that many of your political allies are in favor of anarchy?'
  20. 'As his political allies and opponents will know only too well, he had so much more to offer.'
  21. 'Maybe he and his genuine allies should forget the religious order and join a political party.'
  22. 'It was the first battle won by the Allies in World War Two and Hitler never won a battle after that.'
  23. 'A renewal of the war was unavoidable, and the Allies promptly formed the Seventh Coalition.'
  24. 'How did the German experience of World War One trench warfare differ from that of the Allies?'
  25. 'After the Nazi surrender, the Allies and Russia met at Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin.'
  26. 'The Allies would not negotiate with a country that had plunged Europe into war twice in 30 years.'
  27. 'It was now clear: the Allies were fighting an undeclared war against the Bolsheviks.'
  28. 'Roosevelt and Stalin had not yet met, but as Allies they could be shown together.'
  29. 'For the rest of the war the Allies were to fight under a single overall command.'
  30. 'Many Jews had fought for the Allies during World War Two and had developed their military skills as a result.'
  31. 'This skirmish against the Allies was fought just outside Paris, to the east of the city.'


Combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit.
  1. 'In the first innings Lee had been erratic and expensive, like Warne conceding more than 100 runs, but yesterday he sustained a decent pace and allied it to accuracy.'
  2. 'This bleak outlook on humankind allies him to Beckett, and it's no surprise that the godfather of the absurd should be here in one of the show's most powerful pieces.'
  3. 'I also believe such a shift would be good for the nationalist brand: it would ally the party with the quality of dynamism, while showing commitment to personal as well as national ‘freedom’.'
  4. 'In the war against Spain and Austria, he allied Catholic France with Protestant Holland in 1624.'
  5. 'Four Scots ambassadors, two bishops and two nobles, sailed for France in July, and allied the country to Philip IV in October 1295.'
  6. 'he allied himself with the forces of change'
  7. 'What if every 200 humans adopted a species and allied themselves with it throughout their lives?'
  8. 'In Mexico, the Greens are allying themselves with the right-wing Catholic PAN party, enthusiastic supporters of economic deregulation (free trade).'
  9. 'Moderate Conservatives will prefer not to ally themselves with those views and will stay at home.'
  10. 'On the other side, advocates of indigenous authors allied themselves with partisans of free trade and international copyright, claiming universal natural rights of authorship.'
  11. 'Increasingly, institutions of higher learning are allying themselves with the proponents of social justice, blurring the line between knowledge and belief, education and indoctrination.'


    More definitions

    1. to unite formally, as by treaty, league, marriage, or the like (usually followed by with or to): Russia allied itself to France.

    2. to associate or connect by some mutual relationship, as resemblance or friendship. verb (used without object), allied, allying.

    3. to enter into an alliance; join; unite. noun, plural allies.

    4. a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose: Canada and

    More examples(as adjective)

    "unions can be ally with democrats."

    "people can be ally with opponents."

    "people can be ally with forces."

    "people can be ally."

    "unions can be ally."

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    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.