—v.t. 1. to bring into order again; gather and organize or inspire anew: The general rallied his scattered army. 2. to draw or call (persons) together for a common action or effort: He rallied his friends to help him. 3. to concentrate or revive, as one's strength, spirits, etc.: They rallied their energies for the counterattack.
—v.i. 1. to come together for common action or effort: The disunited party rallied in time for the election campaign. 2. to come together or into order again: The captain ordered his small force to rally at the next stream. 3. to come to the assistance of a person, party, or cause (often fol. by to or around): to rally around a political candidate. 4. to recover partially from illness: He spent a bad night but began to rally by morning. 5. to find renewed strength or vigor: The runner seemed to be rallying for a final sprint. 6. Finance. a. (of securities) to rise sharply in price after a drop.
b. (of the persons forming a stock market) to begin to trade with increased activity after a slow period.
7. (in tennis, badminton, etc.) to engage in a rally.
8. to participate in a long-distance automobile race.
9. Baseball.(of a team) to score one or more runs in one inning.
—n. 1. a recovery from dispersion or disorder, as of troops.
2. a renewal or recovery of strength, activity, etc.
3. a partial recovery of strength during illness.
4. a drawing or coming together of persons, as for common action, as in a mass meeting: A political rally that brought together hundreds of the faithful. 5. a get-together of hobbyists or other like-minded enthusiasts, primarily to meet and socialize.
6. Finance.a sharp rise in price or active trading after a declining market.
7. (in tennis, badminton, etc.)
a. an exchange of strokes between players before a point is scored.
b. the hitting of the ball back and forth prior to the start of a match.
8. Boxing.an exchange of blows.
9. Baseball.the scoring of one or more runs in one inning.
10. Theat. Brit.a quickening of pace for heightening the dramatic effect in a scene or act.
11. Shipbuilding.a series of blows with battering rams, made in order to drive wedges under a hull to raise it prior to launching.
12. Also,rallye.a long-distance automobile race, esp. for sports cars, held over public roads unfamiliar to the drivers, with numerous checkpoints along the route.
Pronunciation: (ral'ē),[key] —v.t.,-lied, -ly•ing. to ridicule in a good-natured way; banter.