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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 One of the best pieces in place for the growth is a solid alliance between the three major cities—Cleveland, Dayton, and Liberty—and the addition of Hardin who has joined with the county in economic development. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "County sets agenda to plan for 2020 growth," 14 Jan. 2020 In the fall of 2018, a new alliance with leadership at St. Albert the Great was formed to strengthen Assumption Academy as a standalone school while expanding St. Albert the Great’s ability to serve families in the area. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Bells were ringing for the Yuletide Hunger Program: Talk of the Towns," 10 Jan. 2020 However, the Ottoman Empire, which arose on battlefields in modern-day Turkey, saw its once-mighty realm imploded in World War I, two-thirds of its military dead or wounded after a disastrous secret alliance with loser Germany. National Geographic, "How to gauge an unpredictable foe?," 16 Dec. 2019 Villanova, in the Big East, plays Kansas next week as part of a scheduling alliance the conference made with the Big 12. Jon Rothstein, New York Times, "College Teams Tout Stars. They Need Early Matchups to Brag About, Too.," 13 Dec. 2019 Boris Johnson was able to make a novel alliance, simultaneously appealing to populist sentiments while also appearing as the champion of constitutional normalcy. Fred Bauer, National Review, "The Lessons American Conservatives Can Learn from the Tories’ Victory," 13 Dec. 2019 Two years later, Kolb ran against Jones as the nominee of the Jeffersonian Democrats, a populist alliance that supported political rights for blacks, a position in conflict with the Democratic Party, which stood for white supremacy. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama Bicentennial: 200 years of political scandals and scrapes," 4 Dec. 2019 Voters seem to be organising themselves into Leave and Remain camps even in the absence of a formal pro-EU alliance. The Economist, "In Warwick, Remainers prepare to vote tactically," 28 Nov. 2019 El Mencho had made a strategic alliance by marrying Rosalinda González Valencia. Beth Warren,, "Who is El Mencho? He's the most powerful drug kingpin you've never heard of," 25 Nov. 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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Alliance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 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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