alliance

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noun al·li·ance \ə-ˈlī-ən(t)s\

Definition of alliance

  1. 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. 2 :  an association to further the common interests of the members; specifically :  a confederation of nations by treaty the alliance of Western nations

  3. 3 :  union by relationship in qualities :  affinity an alliance of industry and academia

  4. 4 :  a treaty of alliance

Examples of alliance in a Sentence

  1. We need to form a closer alliance between government and industry.

  2. strengthen the alliance of western nations

  3. There has been a pattern of shifting alliances in the political world.

  4. The article condemns what some say is an unholy alliance between government and media.

  5. one nation working in alliance with another

  6. There is disagreement within the alliance about how to deal with this problem.

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Origin and Etymology of alliance

see 1ally


Alliance

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geographical name Al·li·ance \ə-ˈlī-ən(t)s\

Definition of Alliance

  1. city in northeastern Ohio northeast of Canton population 22,322


ALLIANCE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

alliance

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noun al·li·ance \ə-ˈlī-əns\

Definition of alliance for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  an association of people, groups, or nations working together for a specific purpose the Alliance for Arts Education



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