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al·ly1 • n. / ˈalī/ (pl. -lies) a state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose, typically by treaty. ∎  a person or organization that cooperates with or helps another in a particular activity: he was forced to dismiss his closest political ally. ∎  (the Allies) a group of nations taking military action together, in particular the countries that fought with the U.S. in World War I and World War II. • v. / əˈlī/ (-lies, -lied) [tr.] (ally something to/with) combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit: he allied his racing experience with his father's business acumen. ∎  (ally oneself with) side with or support (someone or something): he allied himself with the rebels. al·ly2 • n. (pl. -lies) variant spelling of alley2 .

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AllyAli, alley, Allie, Ally, bally, dally, dilly-dally, farfalle, galley, Halley, mallee, Mexicali, pally, Raleigh, rally, reveille, sally, tally, valley •Chablis • brambly •badly, Bradley, Hadlee, madly, sadly •scraggly •dangly, gangly •crackly • Shankly • Bramley •Manley, manly, Osmanli, Stanley •slatternly •Langley, tangly •amply • Ashley •Attlee, fatly, patly •aptly • shilly-shally •Bali, barley, Cali, Carly, Charlie, Dali, Diwali, finale, gnarly, Gurkhali, Kali, Kigali, Mali, Marley, marly, Pali, parley, snarly, Somali, Svengali, tamale •Barclay, Berkeley, clerkly, sparkly •Darnley • ghastly • Hartley • Barnsley •blackguardly

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A. †kindred, kinsman XIV;

B. allied person or people XV. In A, — OF. alié, sb. use of pp. of alier (see next). For the loss of cf. ASSIGN2, etc. In B, f. next.

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ally2 join as associate. XIII. — OF. alier, analogical alt. of aleier (see ALLOY).

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