coalition

noun
co·​a·​li·​tion | \ ˌkō-ə-ˈli-shən \

Definition of coalition

1a : the act of coalescing : union the coalition of water vapor into raindrops
b : a body formed by the coalescing of originally distinct elements : combination They formed a coalition with downtown merchants.
2 : a temporary alliance of distinct parties, persons, or states for joint action A multiparty coalition ruled the country.

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Other Words from coalition

coalitionist \ ˌkō-​ə-​ˈli-​sh(ə-​)nist \ noun

Synonyms for coalition

Synonyms

bloc, block, body, faction, party, sect, set, side, wing

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Examples of coalition in a Sentence

The groups united to form a coalition. A multiparty coalition ruled the country. The group is working in coalition with other environmental groups.
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The president would next inform his counterpart that the United States and the 68-state coalition fighting ISIS in eastern Syria will not leave until a transition plan to replace dictator Bashar Assad is in place. Evelyn Farkas, Time, "How Trump Could Actually Make the Summit with Putin a Success," 9 July 2018 As in other areas of the war, Afghan units suffer more heavily than coalition units from insider attacks. Dennis Romero And Reuters /, NBC News, "U.S. service member killed, 2 wounded in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan," 8 July 2018 Promote The Vote is a coalition striving to make voting more accessible for all eligible Michiganders. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Outgoing ACLU chief Kary Moss pushes ballot-access proposal," 30 June 2018 But the potential independent candidacy of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz raises an intriguing new possibility for a winning coalition. James Freeman, WSJ, "Can Howard Schultz Save Liberalism?," 30 Jan. 2019 The joint-coalition forces had been conducting an operation against al-Shabab militants about 217 miles southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, when the attack occurred, the statement said. Fox News, "'Enemy attack' in Somalia leaves 1 US soldier dead, 4 wounded," 2 Oct. 2018 Last June, there were two insider attacks — in which a soldier in an Afghan uniform turns his weapon on U.S. or other coalition troops — within a two-week period, killing three U.S. soldiers and wounding another seven. Lolita C. Baldor, chicagotribune.com, "Army ponders changes after insider attack that killed soldier in Afghanistan," 14 July 2018 That coalition formed the government from 2010 to 2015. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: Britain’s prime minister takes charge of cabinet," 13 July 2018 Cincinnati area health leaders and coalitions fighting the heroin epidemic had spent the last few years going to dozens of public meetings trying to convince elected officials to allow needle exchanges in their communities. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Living with HIV: Fueled by heroin, HIV makes an alarming resurgence in Cincinnati," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of coalition

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coalition

French, from Latin coalescere — see coalesce

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The first known use of coalition was in 1604

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coalition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coalition

: a group of people, groups, or countries who have joined together for a common purpose
: the action or process of joining together with another or others for a common purpose

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