alliance

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

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

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Synonyms for alliance

Synonyms: Noun

accord, compact, convention, covenant, pact, treaty

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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

The security came from one thing: joining NATO, an alliance of nations forged after the fires of World War II and expanded during the Cold War as a buffer against Soviet aggression. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Trump Derides NATO as ‘Obsolete.’ Baltic Nations See It Much Differently.," 10 July 2018 Alibaba also stitched together an alliance of shipping companies to form a China-wide delivery giant called Cainiao, in which Alibaba has steadily increased its ownership stake. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 In California, an alliance of voters on the left and right recently quashed a ballot measure that would have allowed for more apartment buildings. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Downtown Nashville Is Supposed to Be the Model of the Walkable 21st-Century City. I’m Not So Sure.," 8 June 2018 But Grenell’s comments show that Bannon’s core idea of creating an international alliance of right-wing nationalists lives on in the Trump administration. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Bannonism lives on in Germany.," 4 June 2018 Maul eventually gets off Lotho Minor with the help of his brother, Savage Opress, and is given a pair of cybernetic legs before going on to form an alliance of criminal syndicates called the Shadow Collective. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "There's a Surprise Cameo in Solo. Here's What It Means for Future Star Wars Spinoffs," 25 May 2018 But the best move of the game was when the pair recruited Donathan and Laurel into a secret alliance of four. Stephen Fishbach, PEOPLE.com, "Wendell Holland Wins Survivor After First-Ever Tie Vote," 23 May 2018 President Trump tore through Europe like a bull in a china shop, attacking both Germany and British Prime Minister Theresa May — and, in the estimation of some, threatening the very existence of the Western alliance. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump is threatening the Western alliance. And Republicans have no will to stop him.," 13 July 2018 All the better if Trump makes statements about Eastern Europe or NATO that sow discord and confusion within Western alliances. Anna Arutunyan, Time, "No Matter What Happens in Helsinki, Putin Has Already Won," 10 July 2018

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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

noun

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

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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