To align means to bring something into a straight line, or an easy agreement. If you always park on an angle and people are leaving mean notes on your windshield, learn to align the car with the parking space.

Align comes from the French a, meaning "to" and ligne meaning "line," and it means to bring something into line with something else. This can be literal. If you are hanging a painting, you'll want to align it with the window frame. The line can also be metaphorical. If you run for office, your political opinions will need to be aligned with those of your supporters.

Definitions of align

v place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight

align the car with the curb”
align the sheets of paper on the table”
adjust, aline, line up
turn or place at an angle
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adjust and aim (a golf ball) at in preparation of hitting
synchronise, synchronize
cause to indicate the same time or rate
realign, realine
align anew or better
true, true up
make level, square, balanced, or concentric
adjust the line of sight of (an optical instrument)
concenter, concentre, focalise, focalize, focus
bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions
focus anew
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set or arrange in a new or different determinate position

v bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation

align the wheels of my car”
coordinate, ordinate
align imperfectly or badly
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adjust, correct, set
alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

v be or come into adjustment with

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agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

v align oneself with a group or a way of thinking

fall in line
agree on (a position)
take sides for or against
pull, root for
take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
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have or maintain a position or stand on an issue

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