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

This is an outstanding and natural alliance for our city and region. Andrew Lopez, nola.com, "New Orleans Pelicans flagship radio station moves to ESPN 100.3 FM," 26 June 2019 When the program began, the alliance worked with 23 students. oregonlive.com, "Love, hope and purpose in fatherhood," 16 June 2019 This is an invite-only alliance of brand partners whose products our editors trust and would recommend to friends and family. The Editors, Outside Online, "Launching the Outside Brand Collective," 6 June 2019 Then- Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the National Public Safety Partnership, an alliance of local and federal law enforcement agencies coordinating with community organizations to reduce violent crime in areas long plagued by it. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "2 more Alabama cities selected for Department of Justice violent crime initiative," 3 June 2019 Their familiar sleepy hometown quickly devolves into a mad scramble for food, supplies, alliances, and power as a brand-new society buds. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Netflix’s The Society Is a Lot More Real Than You Think," 13 May 2019 Named after the legendary king of Camelot, Arthur was engaged as a toddler to Catherine of Aragon, the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, in order to create an alliance between England and Spain. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Cause of Prince Arthur Tudor's Death Remains a Medical Mystery," 13 May 2019 In 1473, when Caterina was 10, her family made a political alliance and betrothed her to Girolamo Riario, a man 20 years her senior and nephew of Pope Sixtus IV. National Geographic, "This Renaissance warrior woman defied powerful popes to defend her lands," 15 Mar. 2019 The alliance has worked hard in recent years to improve the mobility and readiness of its forces. James Marson, WSJ, "NATO Defense Ministers Weigh Responses to Russian Missile Threat," 14 Feb. 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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