Definition of alliance
1a : the state of being allied : the action of allying nations in close allianceb : 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
Examples of alliance in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of alliance from the Web
In response, China and the EU have formed a new alliance to promote clean energy, and one tech leader, Elon Musk, has already left Trump’s advisory boards.
Asked about the Paris accord, Miami-Dade’s mayor declined to join other local leaders in calling for President Donald Trump to stick with the global alliance against climate change.
One of its founders, Ichisuke Fujioka, the son of a samurai, brought the incandescent light bulb to Japan and forged an alliance with General Electric.
The president pushed himself past Montenegro’s prime minister, Dusko Markovic, to get to the front of the group as the NATO leaders walked inside the alliance’s new headquarters building.
When Donald Trump barged past the leader of NATO’s next member to bask in the media spotlight at the alliance’s summit, footage of the incident soon flooded the internet.
Currently, only five of NATO's 28 members - the United States, United Kingdom, Poland, Estonia, and Greece - meet the alliance's benchmark of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense.
While Mr. Obama is the leader Europe prefers, Mr. Trump’s sudden ascendance has been seen as a challenge to America’s commitment to Europe, both its unity and its security, as well as the values that underpin the Western alliance.
At Thursday's gathering in Brussels, Trump put his right hand on the right arm of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and pushed himself ahead as NATO leaders walked inside the alliance's new headquarters and prepared for a group photo.
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ALLIANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of alliance for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of alliance for Students
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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