rally - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlerallying
past tenserallied
past participlerallied
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to join other people in order to support someone or something when they are having problems
    rally behind:

    Supporters have been quick to rally behind the team.

    rally to someone’s defence/assistance/support:

    Parents rallied to the defence of the school.

    rally to the cause (=join other people in order to support something specific):

    Animal rights groups have rallied to the cause of this endangered species.

    rally support (for something) (=encourage people to support something):

    A demonstration is planned to rally support for the workforce.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if things such as prices rally, they increase after being low
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if you rally, your health improves and you start to get better after being ill

    She had showed no signs of rallying since the operation.

    1. a.
      if a player or team rallies, they improve and start to play well after playing badly

      Cleveland rallied late in the game to beat Detroit 5–4.

phrasal verbs