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align (oneself) with

To support, agree with, or form an alliance with a particular person or idea. As soon as I explained how the plan would benefit the company financially, the CFO aligned himself with the idea. Heather aligned herself with an animal rights group and began promoting veganism.
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align oneself with someone or something

Fig. to bring oneself into agreement with someone or someone's ideas; to associate oneself with someone or someone's cause. She sought to align herself with the older members.
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align something with something

to adjust, straighten, or arrange something in reference to something else. Try to align this piece with the one next to it.
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If the DE aligns inside the TE, the WB must go directly to the first linebacker to his inside.
As you can see, we align six people to the left of the football, outside the left hash mark.
Align a yard and a half outside the OT, slightly cocked inside with the inside hand down.
Align on front tip of the football (crowd the ball).
Normally, our ends align in three-point stances, but we have them stand up vs the Wing-T to help them vision their keys.
Stud: Align in a two-point stance and key the FB (Base Wing-T Reads).
Will aligns in a six technique over the weak TE and plays the weak D-gap.
The weak DE slides down one man over the weak OG in a two technique and plays the weak B-gap, while the strong DE aligns in a four technique over the strong OT and is B-gap responsible.
A "two" technique - aligns on G's inside shoulder [ILLUSTRATION FOR DIAGRAM 21 OMITTED].
A "three" technique - aligns head-up on G [ILLUSTRATION FOR DIAGRAMS 1-10 OMITTED].