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ALLY (allied)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ally mean? 

ALLY (noun)
  The noun ALLY has 2 senses:

1. a friendly nation
2. an associate who provides assistance

  Familiarity information: ALLY used as a noun is rare.

ALLY (verb)
  The verb ALLY has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: ALLY used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ALLY (noun)

Sense 1ally [BACK TO TOP]


A friendly nation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("ally" is a kind of...):

body politic; commonwealth; country; land; nation; res publica; state (a politically organized body of people under a single government)

Holonyms ("ally" is a member of...):

alignment; alinement; alliance; coalition (an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty)

Sense 2ally [BACK TO TOP]


An associate who provides assistance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


ally; friend

Context examples:

he's a good ally in fight / they were friends of the workers

Hypernyms ("ally" is a kind of...):

associate (a person who joins with others in some activity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ally"):

blood brother (a male sworn (usually by a ceremony involving the mingling of blood) to treat another as his brother)

ALLY (verb)

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

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

He allied himself with the Communists

Hypernyms (to "ally" is one way to...):

affiliate; associate; assort; consort (keep company with; hang out with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "ally"):

misally (make a bad alliance; ally inappropriately)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody PP

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