Main definitions of rally in English

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rally1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1(of troops) come together again in order to continue fighting after a defeat or dispersion:

    ‘De Montfort's troops rallied and drove back the king's infantry’
    • ‘But the French Army rallied, the enemy was driven back and the borders of Revolutionary France began to expand.’
    • ‘At one point US First Army commander Omar Bradley considered evacuating the beach and taking his men to one of the others, but eventually the troops rallied and fought their way inland.’
    • ‘Freeman's troops rallied, held the Chinese off and miraculously survived.’
    • ‘The Trojans rally again and continue to push onward.’
    • ‘Hundreds of members of his army rallied in the streets on Saturday, carrying arms and chanting slogans of support for him.’
    • ‘It is almost unheard of for beaten troops to rally and charge again, as happened at Solygea in 425.’
    • ‘He lost half of his new fleet; but his troops rallied and in turn defeated the rebels.’
    reassemble, regroup, re-form, reunite, gather together again, get together again
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    1. 1.1[with object] Bring together (forces) again in order to continue fighting:
      ‘the king escaped to Perth to rally his own forces’
      • ‘Instead, he had sent Afan on to rally the forces left in Nottingham to move out and meet Arthur in battle once more.’
      • ‘In the ensuing attempt, Dunbar survives and rallies the Union troops to win the battle.’
      • ‘Temujin now rallies the tribes for a desperate attack on Urga.’
      • ‘If anything, he argued, the soldiers would need a strategist and a symbol of hope to rally them towards victory.’
      • ‘Edmund rallied his forces, and for a little while it seemed that the Danes might still be driven back.’
      • ‘Kourin ran up to him and they exchanged quick nods as Regnor continued to rally his troops.’
      • ‘Microsoft, on the other hand, is playing its same old strategies and strengths - rallying an entire community around it.’
      • ‘The Assistant Division Commander of the 29 th Infantry was trying to rally his men, who were pinned down on the beaches by heavy German fire.’
      • ‘He himself appeared in Sukhumi in a steel helmet, trying to rally his forces at the last moment, and only escaped by the skin of his teeth.’
      • ‘The French failed to rally all non-Communist forces behind the weak Bao Dai, while their tanks and superior equipment made little headway in jungle warfare.’
      • ‘Despite the relentless Mamluk pressure, Kitbuqa continued to rally his men.’
      • ‘Nearby, in a path between the mountains, the general of the Imperial army was rallying her troops.’
      • ‘If things go badly, you can quickly move to rally shaken leaders and units.’
      muster, marshal, mobilize, raise, call up, call to arms, recruit, enlist, conscript, draft
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    2. 1.2 Assemble in a mass meeting:
      ‘up to 50,000 people rallied in the city centre’
      • ‘In the US, demonstrators rallied in several cities, both for and against the war.’
      • ‘In the northern city of Salta, striking bus drivers mobilized and rallied at City Hall, demanding three months unpaid wages.’
      • ‘Hundreds of striking council workers rallied at a mass meeting in York today as their actions hit city centre tourists, shoppers and motorists.’
      • ‘In the United States, demonstrators rallied in several cities, both for and against the war.’
      • ‘Over a quarter of a million marched in London, and tens of thousands more rallied in other cities in Britain and Scotland.’
      • ‘In the meantime, citizens are rallying in the piazzas, collecting signatures and marching around buildings.’
      • ‘The seething masses, still reeling, rallied and demanded a debate in the Commons.’
      • ‘Railway staff from Bangalore and outlying towns, such as Kirandul and Koraput, rallied near the main city station.’
      • ‘Hundreds of teachers marched and rallied in the cities of Salta and Oran, supported by parents and other workers.’
      • ‘The tension over the future of the company increased last week when 200 of the town's population of 3,000 rallied in support of the sacked workers.’
      • ‘In Hobart, capital of the island state Tasmania, 500 students from a dozen different schools rallied in the city's Franklin Square.’
      • ‘More than 700 people rallied in Hobart on July 15 to save Ralphs Bay in the Derwent estuary from a huge canal and housing development.’
      • ‘The protesters, who rallied near the Assembly building in downtown San Jose, confronted hundreds of police.’
      • ‘Several thousand rallied at an early march in the south-western city of Toulouse.’
      • ‘In Philadelphia, for example, students rallied at the Liberty Bell where they dressed up like the founding fathers for a dramatic reading of the Declaration.’
      gather, accumulate, collect, assemble, amass, muster, marshal, organize, round up, garner, harvest
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    3. 1.3 Bring or come together in order to support a person or cause:
      [no object, with infinitive] ‘colleagues rallied round to help Ann’
      [with object] ‘a series of meetings to rally support for the union’
      • ‘We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage.’
      • ‘He hopes to rally them all behind his candidacy for chief.’
      • ‘The president must rally the country around a clear and credible goal.’
      • ‘Chapter organizer Jack Kelly rallied 300 people to oppose the new housing at the Land Use Commission's hearing.’
      • ‘He rallied great popular support for his scheme.’
      • ‘Omar's speech was a desperate move to rally what little support he had left.’
      • ‘What better opportunity for rallying the country behind the President could there have been?’
      • ‘The campaign was revolutionary in its use of the Internet to raise funds and rally the masses.’
      • ‘We will be out in force to make sure people know what's going on and rallying even more support.’
      come together, get together, band together, assemble, group, join, join together, join forces, combine, unite, ally, collaborate, cooperate, work together, act together, pull together
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  • 2Recover or cause to recover in health, spirits, or poise:

    [no object] ‘he floundered for a moment, then rallied again’
    [with object] ‘they rallied her with a drink’
    recover, improve, get better, pick up, revive, come back, make a comeback, rebound, bounce back, perk up, look up, take a turn for the better, turn a corner, turn the corner, be given a new lease of life, take on a new lease of life
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    1. 2.1 (of share, currency, or commodity prices) increase after a fall:
      ‘prices of metals have rallied’
      • ‘After falling to an all-time low of 8p a share, the price has rallied over the past month.’
      • ‘However, the shares rallied later in the day as the market digested the news.’
      • ‘If we are correct, and at some future date the price of gold rallies like the yen did, there will be financial turmoil.’
      • ‘At a minimum, there would be a month or two in which consumer and corporate spending would surge and stock prices would rally.’
      • ‘HP shares had rallied on the early news of layoffs, but they're slightly slower today.’
  • 3Drive in a rally:

    ‘we're driving off to Spain to rally’
    [with object] ‘he has raced and rallied MGBs for thirty years’
    • ‘‘We just keep finding the limit,’ said Mark on Friday as he rallied on the island for the first time.’
    • ‘‘We only started rallying in 2001 and since then we've only ever done five events a year at most,’ admits Myers, who is a sail-maker by profession.’
    • ‘However, Gareth has rallied in Ireland in recent times, so he is certainly familiar with pace note asphalt rallies.’
    • ‘He has been rallying for six years and entered the 2004 Safari Rally.’
    • ‘The 23-year-old has been rallying for six years, including stints in both Group N Mitsubishi and Fiat Punto Super 1600 cars.’

noun

  • 1A mass meeting of people making a political protest or showing support for a cause:

    ‘a banned nationalist rally’
    • ‘Demonstrations and mass protest rallies in the early 1990s turned into riots in which several hundred were killed and thousands arrested.’
    • ‘Soldiers were positioned at strategic points in the city and at election rallies where huge crowds gathered.’
    • ‘Activists are holding rallies to raise awareness, urging families to tell schools to keep their personal data private.’
    • ‘Speeches from the gigantic demonstration in Melbourne were broadcast on satellite television to union rallies in every city and town.’
    • ‘Thousands also attended a protest rally in Castlebar after the opening of the new orthopaedic unit at Mayo General was cancelled.’
    • ‘Her group sends gifts to the troops and holds rallies at Columbia University supporting the war effort.’
    • ‘The Chilean Student Confederation announced plans for mass rallies across the country this Thursday in an escalation of the struggle.’
    • ‘We attended meetings and protest rallies during our high school years, and our mother organized a tutoring project for poor children.’
    • ‘Campaigners for cancer services in the South-East are planning protest rallies after the regional health board abandoned its fight for radiotherapy in the region.’
    • ‘Deming's vision of leadership centres upon coaching and personal development, not holding mass rallies in town squares.’
    • ‘Tippe added that the military is also anticipating the likelihood of mass student rallies during the visit.’
    • ‘Hundreds of people are expected to turn out today for a mass rally in support of efforts to save the historic Duke of Wellington's Regiment.’
    • ‘The trend among schools and colleges alike to organise peace rallies and cultural programmes to foster a spirit of cultural and national unity amongst their students is steadily on the uptake.’
    • ‘Last week, health workers carried out protest rallies at Santiago hospitals and clinics.’
    • ‘For example, service members as well as government civilians can attend political meetings or rallies.’
    • ‘May Day rallies took place around Australia on the May 1-2 weekend.’
    • ‘The following is the text of a speech given at an antiwar rally in New York City's Central Park on October 6.’
    • ‘My activities went from merely attending meetings, rallies, and protests to organizing them.’
    • ‘As part of that effort, Tony backed Earth Day, serving as chair of the April 1970 rally in New York City.’
    • ‘Health workers held lunchtime rallies outside several hospitals, including in London, Birmingham and Sheffield.’
    meeting, mass meeting, gathering, assembly, tweetup
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    1. 1.1 An open-air event for people who own a particular kind of vehicle:
      ‘a traction engine rally’
      • ‘On the final day, a rally of all vehicles will be organised.’
      • ‘He reckons no one else locally has driven their historic lorry so many miles to attend a vehicle rally.’
      • ‘Their numerous annual funding raising events include the vintage rally, the Slieve Bloom walk, a golf classic and Sunflower day and coffee morning.’
      • ‘It was star attraction at an historic vehicle rally at Dudley, West Midlands, yesterday.’
      • ‘Martin said police would also be quizzing local golfers at a course near Brinsbury Park, as well as visitors to a vintage vehicle rally at Pulborough.’
      • ‘Among the exhibits at the rally will be a steam-driven threshing and baling set demonstrated by Johnson's of Banks, near Southport.’
      • ‘The six-day rally was for vehicles built before 1980.’
      • ‘This year's historic vehicle rally will be the tenth annual event and takes place at Marley Showground on June 19.’
      • ‘The Kildare Branch of the IWAI is organising the boat rally and the event will mark the beginning of the boating season this year for the inland waterways.’
      • ‘The East Lancs Railway will provide the perfect platform for a rally and classic car event later this year.’
      • ‘Plenty of carnivalgoers were attracted to the vintage car display and on Sunday there was a commercial vehicle rally.’
      • ‘Over 300 people in 97 vehicles joined in the rally for a weekend of fun and games.’
      • ‘Mr Halliwell said the big festival events of last Sunday, such as the SportKarnival and vintage vehicle rally, appeared to be successful.’
      • ‘The move comes after two people were hurt when a car crashed into a crowd of spectators during a rally of high-performance vehicles on the Armytage Road Industrial Estate.’
      • ‘Keighley Bus Museum Trust is hosting its eighth historic vehicle rally, at Marley playing fields.’
      • ‘At least 15 ex-WYRCC vehicles are expected to be involved in the rally, at Keighley Bus Museum Trust's Old Dalton Lane depot, on September 21.’
  • 2A long-distance race for motor vehicles over public roads or rough terrain, typically in several stages:

    [as modifier] ‘a rally driver’
    • ‘After his roll on the Astra Stages rally, Colin Hope had rebuilt his Nova for this event.’
    • ‘Amazingly, although set up to tackle the roughest rally terrain in the world, the Group B cars could race on a track as well.’
    • ‘The car has been faultless on all three rallies, and Geoff is giving me a huge amount of confidence in the car and in my own performances.’
    • ‘Like the other two hot gravel rallies, the start order on the opening day is important because there will be loose gravel on the surface which is a big handicap for the first cars.’
    • ‘After Sardinia, Cyprus and Turkey, the long tour of Mediterranean gravel rallies that kicked off at the beginning of April will end over the sun-baked tracks of central Greece.’
    • ‘But the Estonian's chances were wrecked by a puncture on the longest stage of the rally, which he had to stop and change.’
    • ‘I've never seen a rally race route through a city, but TGR makes it look good.’
    • ‘Rowlands freely admits he feels inexperienced on tarmac rallies and that he is still on a steep learning curve.’
    • ‘‘I enjoy the faster rallies more than the slower ones,’ said 28-year-old Märtin.’
    • ‘It is a happy medium between the two featuring rally road races, closed circuits and other challenging environments.’
    • ‘He only encountered a problem on the penultimate stage of the rally, when his gearbox seized.’
    • ‘Of the three hot, rough rallies in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, this is the best from a drivers' view.’
    • ‘The rally consisted of 22 stages run over 3 days in mainly dry conditions.’
    • ‘Antoine Bessette lost his rear wing in the closing laps of the race, but the former rally driver kept firm control of his car and finished in eighth.’
    • ‘They will also continue to compete in historic road rallies.’
    • ‘Since then, the young French driver finished the ten rallies in which he took part, winning four of them, and scored podium points on four other occasions.’
    • ‘Solberg set the pace for the first two days of the rally, winning five stages in a row.’
    • ‘Cannonball Run Europe is a timed event and therefore classed as a rally not a race.’
    • ‘‘This rally is the best of the rough rallies we do,’ said the 30-year-old Finn.’
    • ‘Schumacher takes on rally drivers in Race of Champions on BBC’
  • 3A quick or marked recovery after a decline:

    ‘the market staged a late rally’
    • ‘A continuing stock market rally and rapidly recovering economy would not be favorable developments for this vulnerable financial Bubble.’
    • ‘Short-lived rallies followed by drift and decline are likely to be the order of the day for 2003.’
    • ‘The consensus view may be that a slowing economy explains the bond rally, but I remain quite skeptical.’
    • ‘It suggests the possibility of gaining a similar result over a future time period made up of bear market declines and bullish rallies.’
    • ‘Of course, the market is not immune to the domestic economy and its recent rally is partly explained by a brighter outlook for interest rates.’
    • ‘If it is quick, cheap and decisive, we should see a rally of sorts, but if it is long, expensive and messy, financial markets can kiss any putative 2003 recovery goodbye.’
    • ‘Despite the lower valuation of the company, technology shares in Europe recovered from early loss to resume a recent rally.’
    • ‘Markets are unpredictable, and even the smartest market watchers can't predict sudden rallies and declines.’
    • ‘And there is his basic and perhaps rather obvious point that the decline of civilisations proceeds in a serious of routs and rallies.’
    • ‘The move also raised worries that the rally could stall Europe's economic recovery.’
    • ‘Contributing to the two-month rally in gold prices was a decline in sales of borrowed gold by producers, analysts said.’
    • ‘Dealers said the dollar's rise was in response to the rally in New York stock prices and the continuing decline on the Tokyo stock market Thursday.’
    • ‘Still, the Fed isn't done stimulating the economy and the rallies in bonds and stocks suggest investors agree.’
    • ‘Some analysts suggest the dollar rally may be overdone, raising prospects of a euro recovery in the months ahead.’
    • ‘Now comes not a rally in the dollar but a decline that some are describing as the start of a decisive, massive and epochal shift of support away from the currency - and from America.’
    • ‘Bulk alloy prices have halted their free fall and are showing some signs of recovery, although few people expect a major rally.’
    • ‘But the doubts about the strength of recovery have been sufficiently strong as to help a rally in the UK fixed interest market and a fall in fixed interest yields.’
    • ‘The dollar has advanced 1.9 percent during the three-week rally, trimming its decline to 11.8 percent in the year.’
    • ‘Yet most analysts of the Indonesian economy agree that a consumption rally alone can't sustain recovery.’
    • ‘Overall, Bedford thinks a mild rally this past fall will probably be followed by another marked drop in share prices.’
    recovery, upturn, improvement, revival, comeback, rebound, resurgence, renewal, a turn for the better, reaction
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  • 4(in tennis and other racket sports) an extended exchange of strokes between players:

    ‘a rally of more than three strokes was a rarity’
    • ‘I like the back-and-forth sound in tennis of two good players having a long rally or even just warming up.’
    • ‘With his ability to abbreviate his backswing and his penchant for quick rallies, Wimbledon offers him more opportunity.’
    • ‘Once in a while a tennis match will reach its climax with both players convinced they are going to win until the last stroke of the last rally.’
    • ‘When he was 10, he worked as a ball boy at a seniors' tournament, giving him the chance to hit a few rallies with John McEnroe.’
    • ‘This resulted in a complete lack of rhythm and short rallies punctuated by frequent drop shots.’

Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘bring together again’): from French rallier, from re- again + allier to ally.

Pronunciation:

rally

/ˈrali/

Main definitions of rally in English

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rally2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • Subject (someone) to good-humoured ridicule; tease:

    ‘he rallied her on the length of her pigtail’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French railler to rib, tease (see rail).

Pronunciation:

rally

/ˈrali/