Definition of alliance in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlīəns/


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.
association, union, league, confederation, federation, confederacy, coalition, consortium, affiliation, partnership
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.
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.


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

Words that rhyme with alliance

appliance, compliance, defiance, misalliance, neuroscience, reliance, science

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Syllabification: al·li·ance

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