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

Only the best of the best can withstand the physically demanding tasks and dramatic tribe alliances that make up Survivor, but one recent challenge pushed season 38 contestant Lauren O'Connell to the limit. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Survivor' Sparks Controversy for the Show's Reaction to Lauren O'Connell's Scary Fall," 4 Apr. 2019 Lots of the shifting alliances have moved in totally different directions in the series, and Martin may have different thoughts about who should match up with whom. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "So How Will the 'Game of Thrones' Book Series End, Anyway?," 4 Apr. 2019 Factory production in the euro currency alliance fell at its steepest rate in about six years, according to surveys of manufacturers’ purchasing managers. Elaine Kurtenbach, The Seattle Times, "Asian shares sink, tracking Friday’s retreat on Wall Street," 24 Mar. 2019 Getty Imagespicture alliance The Super Wolf Blood Moon lunar eclipse (where the moon turns a cool, rusty shade of red) happened in the wee hours of Sunday night to Monday morning. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan, Ariana Grande, Chrissy Teigen, and More React to the Super Wolf Blood Moon," 21 Jan. 2019 The new venture fund could help the company build new strategic alliances with startups, expanding its platform further beyond its own products. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Kevin Hart tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars," 8 Dec. 2018 Over the course of the series, an uneasy alliance develops, as her intellect and insight into the serial-killer nature prove to be invaluable. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Luther is back and as broody as ever in new trailer for fifth season," 29 Nov. 2018 This new alliance will leverage Obama's massive platform and popularity to give support and raise awareness of organizations already doing amazing work in this space. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Michelle Obama Is Back and Doing What She Does Best—Standing up for Girls," 11 Oct. 2018 In the early 19th century both Democrats and Whigs were divided into pro- and anti-abolition factions, which made bipartisan alliance easier. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018

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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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