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Definition of alliance

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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


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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

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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 Whether constructing spy shacks, lying about his profession, making llama sounds, or voting against his own alliance partners, Tony played one of the most aggressive games ever. Dalton Ross,, "Tony Vlachos on why 'losing helped me' for Survivor: Winners at War," 28 Jan. 2020 One tricky issue confronting Mr. De Meo will be the future structure of the alliance. William Boston, WSJ, "Renault Looks to Former VW Executive for Turnaround After Ghosn Crisis," 27 Jan. 2020 Critics are unhappy that the alliance is not publicly releasing key data that would allow for public oversight. Natasha Gilbert, Science | AAAS, "Industry says voluntary plan to curb antibiotic pollution is working, but critics want regulation," 24 Jan. 2020 Ghosn has accused Nissan officials and Japanese officials of conspiring to bring him down to block a fuller integration of Nissan with its French alliance partner Renault SA of France. Washington Post, "Ghosn’s Japan lawyer quits after client’s flight to Lebanon," 16 Jan. 2020 Monitor reporter Henry Gass wrote about one such effort in Wimberley, Texas, organized by a local chapter of the Better Angels alliance. The Christian Science Monitor, "Keeping homeless people in mental view," 20 Dec. 2019 Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by other Members of the Royal Family, will host a reception for NATO leaders, spouses or partners, and delegations, at Buckingham Palace to mark 70 years of the NATO alliance. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Andrew Will Not Attend Today's NATO Reception at Buckingham Palace," 3 Dec. 2019 After connecting with the Portland Lodge Chapter of the alliance, Hong will be awarded the gold medal in spring 2020. oregonlive, "Veterans Day 2019: The search for Chinese American heroes," 11 Nov. 2019 The rest of the alliance consisted mostly of tiny companies with names like Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "Inside TurboTax’s 20-Year Fight to Stop Americans From Filing Their Taxes for Free," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of alliance


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

History and Etymology for alliance


see ally entry 1

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The first known use of alliance was in the 13th century

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15 Feb 2020

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“Alliance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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