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Dictionary Definition



1 a large gathering of people intended to arouse enthusiasm [syn: mass meeting]
2 the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort; "he singled to start a rally in the 9th inning"; "he feared the rallying of their troops for a counterattack" [syn: rallying]
3 a marked recovery of strength or spirits during an illness
4 an automobile race run over public roads
5 (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes; "after a short rally Connors won the point" [syn: exchange]


1 gather; "drum up support" [syn: beat up, drum up]
2 call to arms; of military personnel [syn: call up, mobilize, mobilise] [ant: demobilize]
3 gather or bring together; "muster the courage to do something"; "she rallied her intellect"; "Summon all your courage" [syn: muster, summon, come up, muster up]
4 return to a former condition; "The jilted lover soon rallied and found new friends"; "The stock market rallied" [syn: rebound]
5 harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie" [syn: tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, ride] [also: rallied]

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1

ralier, rallier, from prefix re- + ad + ligare to bind; to ally



  1. A sequence of strokes between serving and scoring a point.
  2. A demonstration.
  3. An event in which competitors drive through a series of timed special stages at intervals. The winner is the driver who completes all stages with the shortest cumulative time.
  4. A recovery after a decline in prices; -- said of the market, stocks, etc.


motor racing: event


  1. To collect, and reduce to order, as troops dispersed or thrown into confusion; to gather again; to reunite.
  2. To come into orderly arrangement; to renew order, or united effort, as troops scattered or put to flight; to assemble; to unite.
  3. To collect one's vital powers or forces; to regain health or consciousness; to recuperate.
  4. To recover strength after a decline in prices; -- said of the market, stocks, etc.


To collect, and reduce to order, as troops dispersed or thrown into confusion
To come into orderly arrangement
To collect one's vital powers or forces
To recover strength after a decline in prices

Etymology 2

railler. See rail to scoff.




Extensive Definition

Rally refers to a gathering, as in: Rally as a sports term can also refer to: Rally can also refer to:
rally in German: Rally
rally in Portuguese: Rally

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