Main definitions of ally in English

: ally1ally2

ally1

noun

  • 1A state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose.

    ‘debate continued among NATO allies’
    • ‘He still has allies inside Umno and among Malaysia's numerous royal families.’
    • ‘Slapping the cohorts of a military ally in the face is not very respectable.’
    • ‘He stated that First Nations are allies with the Queen, not subjects to her.’
    • ‘The use of military bases is dependant on the good will of their allies, many of which are not as willing as before.’
    • ‘He is working in a cooperative way with the United Nations and our allies around the world.’
    • ‘Many Taiwanese see those two countries as the island's most likely allies in any military conflict with China.’
    • ‘We're going to depend on our allies, and others are going to have to belly up the same as we are.’
    • ‘The North's disabling of the surveillance system has triggered alarm in the South and among its allies.’
    • ‘The two countries, ostensibly allies, too often view each other suspiciously and lovelessly.’
    • ‘The Philippines and Thailand are military allies of the U.S. in Southeast Asia.’
    • ‘The allies had no power to use military force to put pressure of any kind on the regime.’
    • ‘While the wars remained a contest for empire, Britain was less dependent on allies.’
    • ‘As the war continued, Italy's relations with its allies continued to develop.’
    • ‘Offending military allies or major trading partners is an important concern.’
    • ‘Japan is, for all intents and purposes, our strongest ally in Asia at the moment.’
    • ‘Many of these countries are natural allies of reform and rapid growth, having emerged from behind the iron curtain a decade and a half ago.’
    • ‘The division among progressive allies is a signal of the genomic politics to come.’
    • ‘It caused jealousies, disagreements, and suspicions among allies, at the expense of the common cause.’
    • ‘For over 50 years our country, with our allies, has sought to avoid war by deterring potential aggressors.’
    • ‘Force is on the menu, and will of course be necessary from time to time to protect ourselves or our allies.’
    1. 1.1 A person or organization that cooperates with or helps another in a particular activity.
      ‘he was forced to dismiss his closest political ally’
      • ‘Genuine reformers will look to teachers and teacher organizations as their allies.’
      • ‘The idea of calling in the military to shape up students has won some unusual allies.’
      • ‘You sideline friends and allies, whose cooperation could help preserve your security.’
      • ‘I'd say to people who are immediately under attack from this, get yourselves organised, find allies and fight back.’
      • ‘The two families never lost sight of the fact they were not only business allies but close friends.’
      • ‘He said he had no idea his political ally was misusing Forum funds.’
      • ‘I've come to see the cactus as an organic metaphor for technology; a thorny ally in the artistic process.’
      • ‘Some of his former political allies had turned their backs on him.’
      • ‘Moreover, it is a mistake to think that militaries rule without civilian allies.’
      • ‘Within my global responsibilities, the legal department was a close ally and business partner.’
      • ‘He was in a particularly bad mood one day after his father had called him to come help him promote a political ally.’
      • ‘Frankly, a lot of the money seems to be going to the political allies of this president.’
      • ‘The two organisations have key allies and it s reassuring for economic development.’
      • ‘Hostilities will cease and you shall depart college with true allies and four good years.’
      • ‘Only a hard core of biotech businesses, researchers and their political allies are bothered.’
      • ‘Does it bother you in the least that many of your political allies are in favor of anarchy?’
      • ‘According to friends, he enjoys making avian analogies between rare birds and his political allies and enemies.’
      • ‘As his political allies and opponents will know only too well, he had so much more to offer.’
      • ‘What is out-dated is the belief that it is possible to conduct politics by ignoring your allies and angering your enemies.’
      • ‘Maybe he and his genuine allies should forget the religious order and join a political party.’
      associate, colleague, friend, confederate, partner, supporter, accomplice, helper, accessory, abetter
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    2. 1.2 The countries that fought with Britain in the First and Second World Wars.
      ‘they were caught between the German army of occupation and the advancing Allies’
      • ‘It was the first battle won by the Allies in World War Two and Hitler never won a battle after that.’
      • ‘If the Allies could acquire those machines and their keys, it would be a major help in decrypting Enigma.’
      • ‘A renewal of the war was unavoidable, and the Allies promptly formed the Seventh Coalition.’
      • ‘Already decorated with an Iron Cross, Gecas was later decorated for fighting for the Allies.’
      • ‘How did the German experience of World War One trench warfare differ from that of the Allies?’
      • ‘The war in Africa was to play a key role in the overall success of the Allies in World War Two.’
      • ‘After the Nazi surrender, the Allies and Russia met at Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin.’
      • ‘If the Allies controlled the rail junction, they could supply their own men.’
      • ‘The Allies would not negotiate with a country that had plunged Europe into war twice in 30 years.’
      • ‘Montgomery wanted the Allies to use the power they had to get to Berlin before the Russians.’
      • ‘It was now clear: the Allies were fighting an undeclared war against the Bolsheviks.’
      • ‘Rochdale could be justly proud of the role it played in helping the Allies to victory in World War Two.’
      • ‘Roosevelt and Stalin had not yet met, but as Allies they could be shown together.’
      • ‘This left Germany with only sixty divisions with which to repel the Allies on the Western Front.’
      • ‘For the rest of the war the Allies were to fight under a single overall command.’
      • ‘What the Allies had not expected was that while they were preparing to win the long war, France would lose a short one.’
      • ‘Many Jews had fought for the Allies during World War Two and had developed their military skills as a result.’
      • ‘The most significant result of the raid was on morale, as the Allies had had few big victories to that date.’
      • ‘This skirmish against the Allies was fought just outside Paris, to the east of the city.’
      • ‘Other nations that fought for the Allies offered their support for the declaration.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

ally

/ˈalʌɪ/

Main definitions of ally in English

: ally1ally2

ally2

noun

  • variant spelling of alley