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Definition of Ally

(noun) An individual with a privileged status that supports efforts to eliminate the systemic oppression that grants them greater power and privilege.

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Ally Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: al·ly

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /A-lie/
  • British English – /Al-ie/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈæˌlaɪ/
  • British English – /ˈalʌɪ/

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Works Consulted

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 5th ed. 2011. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Collins English Dictionary: Complete and Unabridged. 6th ed. 2003. Glasgow, Scotland: Collins.

Encyclopædia Britannica. (N.d.) Britannica Digital Learning. (https://britannicalearn.com/).

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Taylor & Francis. (N.d.) Routledge Handbooks Online. (https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Wiley. (N.d.) Wiley Online Library. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/).

Cite the Definition of Ally

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “ally.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 24, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/ally/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

ally. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/ally/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “ally.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 24, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/ally/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“ally.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/ally/>.