verb

[WITH OBJECT]ally something to/with
  • 1 Combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit.

    ‘he allied his racing experience with his father's business acumen’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the war against Spain and Austria, he allied Catholic France with Protestant Holland in 1624.’
    • ‘His speed defied belief and he allied it with a wondrous temperament.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Four Scots ambassadors, two bishops and two nobles, sailed for France in July, and allied the country to Philip IV in October 1295.’
    • ‘Garry Hay is an integral part of the side as he allies defensive duties with his non-stop attacking forays down the flanks.’
    • ‘She had proved a good leader, allying her people with the underground, yet keeping the government in power in complete ignorance of her true alliance.’
    • ‘I also choose to continue with the discourse of addiction, in spite of the compelling arguments about its limits and fallibility, because it allies me with people who are living in ways I value.’
    • ‘I get the feeling that she rather enjoys criticism, likes the way it allies her with the feminists of the past, the Germaine Greers and Mary Wollstonecrafts, who have also been made to suffer for their beliefs.’
    combine, marry, couple, merge, amalgamate, join, pool, fuse, weld, knit
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    1. 1.1ally oneself with Side with or support (someone or something)
      ‘he allied himself with the forces of change’
      • ‘What if every 200 humans adopted a species and allied themselves with it throughout their lives?’
      • ‘Since the families you ally yourself with in marriage determine your level of access to credit, education, food, housing, and a host of other goods, loss of reputation is a disaster.’
      • ‘Moderate Conservatives will prefer not to ally themselves with those views and will stay at home.’
      • ‘Much of how the game plays out depends on which of the four major players you choose to ally yourself with: the English, French, Spanish, or pirates.’
      • ‘To broaden support for the town, the coalition has allied itself with Jewish groups in Israel and the United States.’
      • ‘In Mexico, the Greens are allying themselves with the right-wing Catholic PAN party, enthusiastic supporters of economic deregulation (free trade).’
      • ‘Are these the sort of people you wish to ally yourself with politically?’
      • ‘Clint never allies himself with the townsfolk, he's never on their side.’
      • ‘On the other side, advocates of indigenous authors allied themselves with partisans of free trade and international copyright, claiming universal natural rights of authorship.’
      • ‘Increasingly, institutions of higher learning are allying themselves with the proponents of social justice, blurring the line between knowledge and belief, education and indoctrination.’
      unite, join, join up, join forces, band together, go into partnership, team up, combine, collaborate, side, align oneself, league, go into league, affiliate, confederate, form an alliance, throw in one's lot, make common cause
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