alliance

noun
al·​li·​ance | \ ə-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce alliance (audio) \

Definition of alliance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the state of being allied : the action of allying nations in close alliance
b : a bond or connection between families, states, parties, or individuals a closer alliance between government and industry
2 : an association to further the common interests of the members specifically : a confederation of nations by treaty the alliance of Western nations
3 : union by relationship in qualities : affinity an alliance of industry and academia
4 : a treaty of alliance

Alliance

geographical name
Al·​li·​ance | \ ə-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce Alliance (audio) \

Definition of Alliance (Entry 2 of 2)

city in northeastern Ohio northeast of Canton population 22,322

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Synonyms for alliance

Synonyms: Noun

accord, compact, convention, covenant, pact, treaty

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Examples of alliance in a Sentence

Noun

We need to form a closer alliance between government and industry. strengthen the alliance of western nations There has been a pattern of shifting alliances in the political world. The article condemns what some say is an unholy alliance between government and media. one nation working in alliance with another There is disagreement within the alliance about how to deal with this problem.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The proposal had called for four seats each for FCA and Renault and one for Renault's alliance partner Nissan. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Renault continuing to study FCA merger proposal," 4 June 2019 The new dynamic in their alliance comes after Cersei put out a bounty for Tyrion and Jaime's heads. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Is Cersei Really Pregnant on 'Game of Thrones'?," 16 Apr. 2019 Last Thursday, the results of their alliance unfolded onstage at the famous Roman theater, in a triptych of ballets entitled Philip Glass Evening. Giacomo Minazzi, Vogue, "At the World Premiere of Nuit Blanche, Costumed by Dior, Fashion and Ballet Collided Gracefully Onstage," 1 Apr. 2019 Building alliances and working with the locals is a key part of succeeding. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 The leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition were trying Sunday to resolve a standoff over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief and stabilize their six-month-old alliance. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "Merkel: German government must give up internal squabbles," 24 Sep. 2018 Progressive Democrats have vowed to unseat the I.D.C., despite a pledge by the group, announced in April by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, to dissolve, rejoin the main body of Senate Democrats and end its alliance with Republicans. New York Times, "John Liu Plots a Comeback Trail, Targeting a Renegade Democrat," 13 July 2018 The conflict risks tearing apart their long-standing alliance, threatening Merkel’s three-month-old coalition government. Iain Rogers, Bloomberg.com, "Merkel Fails to End Coalition Rift on Migrants Ahead of EU Talks," 27 June 2018 Per the plot summary, former rivalries will be reignited, alliances will be tested, and old wounds will be reopened. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "9 New Things to Stream in May on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and More," 29 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of alliance

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for alliance

Noun

see ally entry 1

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alliance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alliance

: a union between people, groups, countries, etc. : a relationship in which people agree to work together
: the state of being joined in some activity or effort : the state of being allied
: a group of people, countries, etc., that are joined together in some activity or effort

alliance

noun
al·​li·​ance | \ ə-ˈlī-əns How to pronounce alliance (audio) \

Kids Definition of alliance

1 : a relationship in which people, groups, or countries agree to work together The oil company and the environmental group formed an unusual alliance.
2 : an association of people, groups, or nations working together for a specific purpose the Alliance for Arts Education

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