al·ly /əˈlaɪ, ˈæˌlaɪ/
Al·ly v. t. [imp. & p. p. Allied p. pr. & vb. n. Allying.]
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 with.
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 reflexively.
Al·ly n.; pl. Allies
1. A relative; a kinsman. [Obs.]
2. One united to another by treaty or league; -- usually applied to sovereigns or states; a confederate.
The English soldiers and their French allies. --Macaulay.
3. Anything associated with another as a helper; an auxiliary.
Science, instead of being the enemy of religion, becomes its ally. --Buckle.
4. Anything akin to another by structure, etc.
Al·ly n. See Alley, a marble or taw.
n 1: a friendly nation
2: an associate who provides assistance; "he's a good ally in
fight"; "they were friends of the workers" [syn: friend]
v : become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage; "He
allied himself with the Communists"