alliance

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

Essential Meaning of alliance

1 : a union between people, groups, countries, etc. : a relationship in which people agree to work together We need to form/forge/encourage a closer alliance between government and industry. strengthen/weaken the alliance of western nations See More ExamplesThere 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.Hide
2 : the state of being joined in some activity or effort : the state of being allied two nations in close alliance (with each other) one nation working in alliance with another
3 : a group of people, countries, etc., that are joined together in some activity or effort There is disagreement within the alliance about how to deal with this problem.

Full 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

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 By creating self-fulfilling prophecies about a looming confrontation, Putin may just be strengthening the NATO alliance which, by the way, was not likely to admit Ukraine anytime soon. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022 Former President Viktor Yushchenko wanted entry into the alliance, but Ukrainians became more reluctant after Russia invaded Georgia. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 All 30 representatives from the NATO alliance and envoys from Russia will meet at NATO's headquarters in Brussels. Olivia Gazis, CBS News, 10 Jan. 2022 On Wednesday, members of the NATO alliance will meet with Russian officials in Brussels. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 9 Jan. 2022 President Biden has ruled out one core Putin demand — a gurantee that Ukraine will never join the NATO alliance. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 While there’s little prospect that Ukraine would be invited into the alliance anytime soon, the U.S. and its allies won’t rule it out. Aamer Madhani, ajc, 3 Jan. 2022 Russia is more adamant than ever that the U.S. guarantees that Ukraine will not be admitted to the NATO military alliance. Dasha Litvinova, Time, 4 Dec. 2021 Russia is more adamant than ever that the U.S. guarantees that Ukraine will not be admitted to the NATO military alliance. Dasha Litvinova, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Dec. 2021

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

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“Alliance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alliance. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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