March 25, 2016
- rally (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : to bring or come together for a common purpose b : to bring back to order2 : to rouse from low spirits or weakness3 : to make a comeback
- How do you use it?
- With the team one point behind and two minutes left in the final period, the fans whooped and hollered, trying to rally the players to go on and win the game.
- Are you a word wiz?
The ultimate ancestor of our word "rally" is the Old French verb, "alier." What do you think "alier" means?You should be in high spirits if you chose D! In the 1600s, English speakers adapted the French word "rallier" to form "rally," using it to mean "to bring or come together for a common purpose." "Rallier" traces back to Old French "ralier," a combination of the prefix "re-" and the verb "alier," meaning "to unite." The verb "ally" and the later noun "ally" are relatives of "rally." The verb "ally" means "to unite" and especially "to join in an alliance," and it too traces to a form of "alier." "Alier" ultimately derives from Latin "ligare," meaning "to bind."