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verb rally pronunciation in American English /ˈræli/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerallying
past tenserallied
past participlerallied
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to join other people in order to support someone or something when they are having problems
    rally to someone’s defense/assistance/support:

    Parents rallied to the defense of the school.

    rally behind:

    Supporters have been quick to rally behind the team.

    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 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.

    1. a.
      if you rally, your health improves and you start to get better after being sick

      She had showed no signs of rallying since the operation.

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