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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb rally:

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Definition of the noun rally

What does rally mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: rallies

  1. a large gathering of people intended to arouse enthusiasm
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of rally: mass meeting
    • more generic words: assemblage / gathering = a group of persons together in one place
    • more specific terms:
  2. the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort
    • examples: he singled to start a rally in the 9th inning | he feared the rallying of their troops for a counterattack
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of rally: rallying
    • more generic words: effort / exploit / feat = a notable achievement
  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

Alternative definition of the noun rally


  1. A demonstration; an event where people gather together to protest for or against a given cause
  2. [context: squash, table tennis, tennis, badminton] A sequence of strokes between serving and scoring a point.
  3. [motor racing] 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. [context: business, trading] A recovery after a decline in prices; -- said of the market, stocks, etc.

Specialised definition of the noun rally

Glossary of finance / investment

a period during which the value of indexes, bonds, and stocks increases which leads to a short-term stock price increase

Glossary of sports

in tennis and other racket sports, an exchange of several shots between two opponents or sides before a point is scored (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

situation in return games where the ball is played back and forth between the players. A long rally during competition is especially attractive for the spectators. A rally is interrupted when the ball cannot be returned, goes into the net, or when the referee stops the game. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / badminton

an exchange of shots, starting with the service (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

an exchange of shots leading to a point or service change

Glossary of sports / racquetball

the alternating exchange of shots after the serve that ends either with a point or sideout

Glossary of sports / squash

an exchange of shots, starting with the service (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / table tennis

the series of exchanged shots that decide a point (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the period during which the ball is in play; an exchange of shots that begins with a serve and ends with a point or a let

Glossary of sports / tennis

the series of exchanged strokes that decide a point (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

an extended exchange of shots between players or sides

Definition of the verb rally

What does rally mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: rallied

  1. gather
  2. call to arms; of military personnel
  3. gather or bring together
  4. return to a former condition
    • examples: The stock market is going to rally | The business is going to rally
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of rally: rebound
    • more generic terms: go back / recover / recuperate = regain a former condition after a financial loss
  5. harass with persistent criticism or carping

Alternative definition of the verb rally


  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. [context: business, trading] To recover strength after a decline in prices; -- said of the market, stocks, etc.
  5. To tease; to chaff good-humouredly.


Rally var ett humorprogram i Sveriges Radio P3 som sändes på fredagskvällar mellan 1995 och 27 december 2002.


"Rally" is a composition.


  1. Rally: A rally in tennis is a sequence of shots within a point.
  2. Rally: A rally is a period of sustained increases in the prices of stocks, bonds or indexes. This type of price movement can happen during either a bull or a bear market, when it is known as either a bull market rally or a bear market rally, respectively. However, a rally will generally follow a period of flat or declining prices.
  3. Rally is one of the Atlanta Braves mascot. He is a bear-like mascot and looks more like Wally The Green Monster.

Phrases with Rally

Phrases starting with the word Rally:

  1. Rally Round
  2. rally around

Phrases ending with the word Rally:

  1. to rally
  2. pep rally

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Rally

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Google previewEvent Portfolio Planning and Management (2013)

A Holistic Approach by Vassilios Ziakas

• The Motorcycle Road Runner Rally is a recreational gathering of bikers featuring live music ...

Google previewMaximizing Your Effectiveness (2006)

How to Discover and Develop Your Divine Design by Aubrey Malphurs

Rally A rally is a group of individuals meeting in a one-way communication environment for celebration-based training that...

Google previewCashing in on the Dow (1998)

by Sheimo

it remains to be seen whether the confirmed December rally is the turning point for a returning to a bull market or is just a ...

Google previewLeni Riefenstahl (2008)

A Life by Jürgen Trimborn

The Nuremberg party rally is a wellcalculated, carefully rehearsed show, its psychological effect on the masses simply shocking. The few who were not hypnotized found the outbreaks of hysteria on the part of the women near repulsive.

Google previewDiscover America Diaries. 50 States, 50 States of Mind (2002)

East Coast to West Coast. New England, New York, and the Great Northern States by Priscilla Faith Rhodes

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an interesting phenomenon. It began as a small race in August 1938, sponsored by the owner of a local motorcycle shop, J.C. " Pappy" Hoel . At that time only nine racers competed on a half-mile dirt track. During ...

Google previewWest Liberty State College (2001)

by Robert W. Schramm

The pep rally is a relative newcomer to homecoming, but it is even louder, if that's possible, than the serenades. The important thing is that everyone has a great time as can be seen in this photo. sometime in the past history of the college.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Guinea (2013)

by Mohamed Saliou Camara, Thomas O'Toole, Janice E. Baker

RCS Révolution Culturelle Socialiste/Socialist Cultural Revolution RDA Rassemblement démocratique africain/ African Democratic Rally RDIG Rassemblement pour le développement intégré de Guinée/Rally forthe Integrated Development ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Cote d'Ivoire (The Ivory Coast) (2016)

by Cyril K. Daddieh

Côte d'Ivoire-Rassemblement Démocratique Africain/Democratic Party of Côte d'IvoireAfrican Democratic Rally Parti Ecologique Ivoirien/Ivoirian Environment/ Green Party Société Nationale d'Opérations Pétrolières de Côte d'Ivoire/ National ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Republic of the Congo (2012)

by John F. Clark, Samuel Decalo

Democratic Rally) Radiodiffusion-Télévision Congolaise (Congolese Radio- Broadcasting and Television) Rassemblement pour la Démocratie et le Développement (Rally for Democracy and Development) Rassemblement Démocratique et ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (2011)

by Linda E. Swayne, Mark Dodds

The rally monkey came to national and worldwide attention during the 2002 World Series.

Google previewThe New Dickson Baseball Dictionary (1999)

A Cyclopedic Reference to More Than 7,000 Words, Names, Phrases, and Slang Expressions that Define the Game, Its Heritage, Culture, and Variations by Paul Dickson

rally 1. n. Several runs scored together or in rapid succession; a scoring surge. 1st Use. 1858. (Chad- wick Scrapbooks; Edward J. Nichols). 2. n. A run-scoring surge during a half inning for the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Great Plains (2004)

by David J. Wishart

STURGIS MOTORCYCLE RALLY The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, popularly known as Sturgis, is one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the world. The event draws its name from the town in southwestern South Dakota that hosts the event each ...

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Small photo of XV Rally Costa Brava Historic car race in a small town Palamos in Catalonia. 04. 20. 2018 Spain, town PalamosSmall photo of MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 25, 2012: Classic PORSCHE tractor at old timer cars rally startSmall photo of SIBIU, ROMANIA - JULY 28: Unknown competitor in Red Bull ROMANIACS Hard Enduro Rally . The hardest enduro rally in the world. July 25-29, 2017 in Sibiu, RomaniaSmall photo of Racing driver is preparing for the start of stage rallySmall photo of Rally car raising the dirt cloudSmall photo of Rally car in dirt trackSmall photo of Rally car racing More...

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Quotes about Rally

I believe that uncertainty is rally my spirit's way of whispering, I'm in flux. I can't decide for you. Something is off-balance here. (Oprah Winfrey)
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The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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