What does ally mean?

Definitions for ally
ˈæl aɪ, əˈlaɪ; əˈlaɪal·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. allynoun

    a friendly nation

  2. ally, friendverb

    an associate who provides cooperation or assistance

    "he's a good ally in fight"

  3. allyverb

    become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage

    "He allied himself with the Communists"


  1. allynoun

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

  2. allynoun

    Anything associated with another as a helper; an auxiliary.

  3. allynoun

    Anything akin to another by structure, etc.

  4. allynoun

    A closely related species, usually within the same family.

  5. allyverb

    To unite, or form a connection between, as between families by marriage, or between princes and states by treaty, league, or confederacy

  6. allyverb

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

  7. Allynoun

    A diminutive of the female given names Alison, Alice and Alexandra.

  8. Allynoun

    A diminutive of the male given name Alfred or of other names beginning with Al-.

  9. Etymology: From alien, alier (Modern French allier), from alligo, from ad + ligo. Compare alligate, allay, alloy and ligament.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Allynoun

    One united by some means of connexion; as, marriage; friendship; confederacy.

    Etymology: allie, Fr.

    We could hinder the accession of Holland to France, either as subjects, with great immunities for the encouragement of trade, or as an inferiour and dependent ally under their protection. William Temple.

  2. To ALLYverb

    Etymology: allier, Fr.

    All these septs are allied to the inhabitants of the North, so as there is no hope that they will ever serve faithfully against them. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Wants, frailties, passions, closer still ally
    The common int’rest, or endear the tye. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Man.

    To the sun ally’d,
    From him they draw the animating fire. James Thomson, Summer.

    Two lines I cannot excuse: they are indeed remotely allied to Virgil ’s sense; but they are too like the tenderness of Ovid. Dryden.


  1. ally

    Ally Financial is a bank holding company organized in Delaware and headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. The company provides financial services including car finance, online banking via a direct bank, corporate lending, vehicle insurance, mortgage loans, and an electronic trading platform to trade financial assets. Ally is one of the largest car finance companies in the U.S., providing car financing and leasing for 4.5 million customers and originating 1.4 million car loans annually. It is on the list of largest banks in the United States by assets and has 2.0 million depositors. Its electronic trading platform has approximately 350,000 funded accounts. The company has sold more than 5 million vehicles, including 270,000 vehicles sold in 2019 via its SmartAuction online marketplace for auto auctions, launched in 2000.The company was known as GMAC, an acronym for General Motors Acceptance Corporation, until 2010.


  1. ally

    An ally is a person, organization, group, or nation that cooperates with or helps another in a given matter, goal, or in a conflict. Often, they form a bond or association for mutual benefit or protection. In a broader social context, it can also refer to someone who actively promotes and supports the rights and interests of a marginalized or disadvantaged group.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allyverb

    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 with

  2. Allyverb

    to connect or form a relation between by similitude, resemblance, friendship, or love

  3. Ally

    a relative; a kinsman

  4. Ally

    one united to another by treaty or league; -- usually applied to sovereigns or states; a confederate

  5. Ally

    anything associated with another as a helper; an auxiliary

  6. Ally

    anything akin to another by structure, etc

  7. Allynoun

    see Alley, a marble or taw

  8. Etymology: [See Ally, v.]


  1. Ally

    Ally is a science fiction novel written by Karen Traviss and was published in March 2007. It is the fifth book in the Wess'Har Series.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ally

    al-lī′, v.t. to form a relation by marriage, friendship, treaty, or resemblance.—pa.p. and adj. Allied′.—n. Ally (al-lī′, or al′lī), a confederate: a prince or state united by treaty or league:—pl. Allīes′, or Al′līes. [O. Fr. alier—L. alligāread, to, ligāre, to bind.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ally

    A friendly or confederated state.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ally

    In a military sense, implies any nation united to another,—under a treaty either offensive or defensive, or both.

Suggested Resources

  1. ALLY

    What does ALLY stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the ALLY acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ALLY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ally is ranked #17142 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ally surname appeared 1,653 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Ally.

    39.9% or 660 total occurrences were Asian.
    26.7% or 442 total occurrences were White.
    22.8% or 377 total occurrences were Black.
    5% or 83 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.1% or 68 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 23 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ally' in Nouns Frequency: #1614

Anagrams for ally »

  1. y'all

  2. ya'll

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ally in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ally in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of ally in a Sentence

  1. Yucef Merhi:

    To live is to conspire against death knowing that death is our best ally

  2. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    There are so many areas where we must work together with the United States, america has no greater ally than Israel and Israel has no greater ally than the United States.

  3. Brian McEnroe:

    We are told that Jordan is an important ally in the war on terror, a war which I support, but I encourage our president and our administration to take a hard look at our relationship with an ally who would so callously disrespect the sacrifice made by our boys, uS Special Operations Command extends its deepest condolences to the families, friends and teammates of the three Special Forces Soldiers killed in this tragic incident.

  4. Jay Garner:

    If you ally with the Syrian Rebels, you’re taking on the Russians and the Kurds; if you ally yourself with Assad, you’re in a Shia alliance and 85 percent of the Middle East is Sunni, if Russia eliminates ISIS, they eliminate the Syrian rebels and the Syrian rebels should be our allies -- we need to protect them, and we need to continue to protect the Kurds.

  5. William Ewart Gladstone:

    If Germany is to become a colonizing power, all I say is, God speed her! She becomes our ally and partner in the execution of the great purposes of Providence for the advantage of mankind.

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