ally

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Singular
ally

Plural
allies

  1. (countable) Two countries are allies if they support, help, and defend each other.
    England and the United States have been allies for most of the last two centuries.
    France got involved in World War I because its ally, Russia, was involved.
    She's heading to Europe to talk with NATO allies about what message the West should send Russia.
    China remains North Korea's most powerful ally.
    We are looking for more chances to work closely with our friends and allies.
  2. (countable) Two people or groups can also be allies.
    We didn't like each other, but we had the same goals, so we became uneasy allies.
    His party, and its allies in the media, have helped him survive several political scandals.
    He could no longer protect even his closest allies.
    The enemy of my enemy is my ally.
    It's important to identify your key allies.
  3. (countable) An ally is anything that helps you.
    This little blue pill is your ally in the war against weight gain.

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Plain form
ally

Third-person singular
allies

Past tense
allied

Past participle
allied

Present participle
allying

  1. (transitive) If you ally yourself with someone, you become their ally.
    Some Indian groups allied themselves with the French, others with the English.
    During World War II, the United States was allied with Russia, but after the war, that changed.
  2. (transitive), (usually passive) If two things are allied, they are related, are connected, or have many similarities.
    The bird was closely allied to the tits of England.

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