Definition of alliance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪəns//
    International relations
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  1. 1an agreement between countries, political parties, etc. to work together in order to achieve something that they all want to form/make an alliance alliance with somebody/something The Social Democrats are now in alliance with the Greens. alliance between A and B an alliance between education and business to develop the use of technology in schools See related entries: International relations
  2. 2a group of people, political parties, etc. who work together in order to achieve something that they all want The Green Alliance was formed to campaign against environmental damage.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French aliance, from alier ‘to ally’, from Latin alligare ‘bind together’, from ad- ‘to’ + ligare ‘to bind’.Word Familyally verb nounallied adjectivealliance nounExtra examples Seven more countries have been invited to join the alliance. The government has tried to forge alliances with environmentalists. The government, in alliance with the army, has decided to ban all public meetings for a month. The marriage was meant to cement the alliance between the two countries. The organization is a broad alliance of many different groups. The uneasy alliance between such different people just cannot last. They broke off the alliance with Sparta. They have alliances with other companies. To cement the alliance with England, Charles married Margaret, sister of the English king. a loose alliance of opposition groups an alliance between Britain and France an alliance between the USSR and India an alliance with China an unholy alliance between the Fascists and the Communists old alliances against enemies that no longer exist the shifting alliances among the various political groups The Movement for Multiparty Democracy was a loose alliance of opposition parties. The right-wing alliance was dedicated to promoting Afrikaner self-determination.
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