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The person who does not know how to live while they are making a living is a poorer person after their wealth is won than when they started.
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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

See also Ally, and -ally

English

Etymology

From Old English alien, Old French alier (French alier), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] alligare, to bind to, from ad, to + ligare, to bind. Compare alligate, allay, alloy and ligament.

Pronunciation 1

Verb

Infinitive
to ally

Third person singular
all

Simple past
ed

Past participle
-

Present participle
i

to ally (third-person singular simple present all, present participle i, simple past and past participle ed)
  1. (transitive) To unite, or form a connection between, as between families by marriage, or between princes and states by treaty, league, or confederacy
    • O chief! in blood, and now in arms allied. --Pope.
  2. (transitive) 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.

Usage notes

  • Generally used in the passive form or reflexively.
  • Often followed by to or with.

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Pronunciation 2

Noun

Singular
ally

Plural
allies

ally (allies)
  1. One united to another by treaty or league; — usually applied to sovereigns or states; a confederate.
    • The German soldiers and their Russian allies. --Macaulay.
  2. Anything associated with another as a helper; an auxiliary.
    • Science, instead of being the enemy of religion, becomes its ally. --Buckle.
  3. Anything akin to another by structure, etc.

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References

ally” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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