Hypertext Webster Gateway: "ally"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ally \Al"ly\, n.
See {Alley}, a marble or taw.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ally \Al*ly"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Allied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Allying}.] [OE. alien, OF. alier, F. alier, fr. L. alligare
to bind to; ad + ligare to bind. Cf. {Alligate}, {Alloy},
{Allay}, {Ligament}.]
1. To unite, or form a connection between, as between
families by marriage, or between princes and states by
treaty, league, or confederacy; -- often followed by to or

O chief! in blood, and now in arms allied. --Pope.

2. To connect or form a relation between by similitude,
resemblance, friendship, or love.

These three did love each other dearly well, And
with so firm affection were allied. --Spenser.

The virtue nearest to our vice allied. --Pope.

Note: Ally is generally used in the passive form or

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ally \Al*ly"\, n.; pl. {Allies}. [See {Ally}, v.]
1. A relative; a kinsman. [Obs.] --Shak.

2. One united to another by treaty or league; -- usually
applied to sovereigns or states; a confederate.

The English soldiers and their French allies.

3. Anything associated with another as a helper; an

Science, instead of being the enemy of religion,
becomes its ally. --Buckle.

4. Anything akin to another by structure, etc.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a friendly nation
2: an associate who provides assistance; "he's a good ally in
fight"; "they were friends of the workers" [syn: {friend}]
[ant: {foe}]
v : become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage; "He
allied himself with the Communists"

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