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rally

noun [C] uk   /ˈræl.i/ us  

rally noun [C] (MEETING)

C2 a public meeting of a large group of people, especially supporters of a particular opinion: 5,000 people held an anti-nuclear rally. an election/campaign rally
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rally noun [C] (RACE)

C2 a car or motorcycle race, especially over long distances on public roads: The French driver has taken the lead in the Paris-Dakar rally.

rally noun [C] (SPORT)

rally noun [C] (IMPROVEMENT)

an improvement: Share prices fell again today after yesterday's rally.

rally

verb uk   /ˈræl.i/ us  

rally verb (SUPPORT)

[I or T] to (cause to) come together in order to provide support or make a shared effort: Supporters/Opponents of the new shopping development are trying to rally local people in favour of/against it. The prime minister has called on the public to rally to/behind the government. [+ obj + to infinitive ] The general rallied his forces to defend the town. "Workers of the world unite!" was their rallying cry/call (= a phrase said to encourage support).

rally verb (IMPROVE)

[I] to return to a better condition: The nurse said my mother had rallied after a poor night. The team played badly in the first half of the match but rallied in the second. The pound rallied against the dollar in trading today.
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