rally

Use the verb rally to describe that last push to finish a difficult something. When you hit that last mile in the race and are so tired you want to quit, that's when you rally, finding the strength to pick up the pace.

The verb rally is often used to describe a physical effort that has been renewed, but it can describe anything that involves bouncing back from a setback. For example, if something makes you feel disappointed, you rally to get your positive attitude back. Rally can also describe bringing people together, often to support a cause. The event itself is also called a rally, like pep rally in which students boost the confidence of their team as it heads into the championship game.

Primary Meanings of rally

1.
vn
gather or bring together
a large gathering of people intended to arouse enthusiasm
2.
vn
return to a former condition
the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort
3.
v
harass with persistent criticism or carping
4.
n
(sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes
Full Definitions of rally
1

v gather or bring together

“she rallied her intellect”
Synonyms:
come up, muster, muster up, summon
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

v gather

Synonyms:
beat up, drum up
Type of:
collect, pull in
get or bring together

v call to arms; of military personnel

Synonyms:
call up, mobilise, mobilize
Antonyms:
demobilise, demobilize, inactivate
release from military service or remove from the active list of military service
Type of:
call, send for
order, request, or command to come

n a large gathering of people intended to arouse enthusiasm

Synonyms:
mass meeting
Types:
pep rally
a rally (especially of students) before a game
revival, revival meeting
an evangelistic meeting intended to reawaken interest in religion
Type of:
assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place
2

v return to a former condition

“The jilted lover soon rallied and found new friends”
“The stock market rallied
Synonyms:
rebound
Type of:
go back, recover, recuperate
regain a former condition after a financial loss

n the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort

“he singled to start a rally in the 9th inning”
“he feared the rallying of their troops for a counterattack”
Synonyms:
rallying
Type of:
effort, exploit, feat
a notable achievement

n a marked recovery of strength or spirits during an illness

Type of:
convalescence, recovery, recuperation
gradual healing (through rest) after sickness or injury
3

v harass with persistent criticism or carping

Synonyms:
bait, cod, rag, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit
Types:
barrack, flout, gibe, jeer, scoff
laugh at with contempt and derision
banter, chaff, jolly, josh, kid
be silly or tease one another
Type of:
bemock, mock
treat with contempt
4

n (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes

“after a short rally Connors won the point”
Synonyms:
exchange
Type of:
group action
action taken by a group of people

n an automobile race run over public roads

Type of:
auto race, automobile race, car race
a race between (usually high-performance) automobiles

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