Definition of alliance in English:

alliance

Syllabification: al·li·ance
Pronunciation: /əˈlīəns
 
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noun

  • 1A union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations: a defensive alliance between Australia and New Zealand divisions within the alliance
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    • There is a new openness by unions today to building alliances with community-based organizations and churches.
    • They would also benefit from alliances with community groups and other unions in putting pressure on their employer.
    • The council and the chamber should further seek alliances with such organisations as the tourism association for new ideas.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1A relationship based on an affinity in interests, nature, or qualities: an alliance between medicine and morality
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    • Monica says she's looking forward to expanding her public and private client base through her alliance with Noctor.
    • Here, his political background is left out, as is the nature of his criminal alliance with Tom.
    • Instead, Lovejoy recommends that practitioners develop alliances and become relationship managers.
    Synonyms
    relationship, affinity, association, connection
  • 1.2A state of being joined or associated: his party is in alliance with the Greens
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    • Clive points me to the old Muslim Association of Britain website, dating from the days before it was in alliance with the Socialist Workers Party.
    • Apparently the UK went to war in alliance with the US ‘to make our country safer’.
    • For all the US's military and economic advantages, its power is enhanced when it acts in alliance with other countries.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French aliance, from aliere 'to ally' (see ally1).

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