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al·li·ance

 (ə-lī′əns)
n.
1.
a. A close association of nations or other groups, formed to advance common interests or causes: an alliance of labor unions opposing the bill.
b. A formal agreement establishing such an association, especially an international treaty of friendship.
2.
a. A connection based on kinship, marriage, or common interest; a bond or tie: the shifting alliances within a large family.
b. A long-term association of two or more animals of the same species, in which members cooperate for a purpose such as gaining access to mates or defending territory.
3. Close similarity in nature or type; affinity: the ancient alliance between mathematics and music.
4. The act of becoming allied or the condition of being allied: the church, acting in alliance with community groups.

[Middle English, from Old French aliance, from alier, to ally; see ally.]

alliance

(əˈlaɪəns)
n
1. the act of allying or state of being allied; union; confederation
2. a formal agreement or pact, esp a military one, between two or more countries to achieve a particular aim
3. the countries involved in such an agreement
4. a union between families through marriage
5. affinity or correspondence in qualities or characteristics
6. (Botany) botany a taxonomic category consisting of a group of related families; subclass
[C13: from Old French aliance, from alier to ally]

Alliance

(əˈlaɪəns)
(in Britain) n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. the Alliance the Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party acting or regarded as a political entity from 1981 to 1988
b. (as modifier): an Alliance candidate.

al•li•ance

(əˈlaɪ əns)

n.
1. the act of allying, or the state of being allied.
2. a formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations to cooperate for specific purposes.
3. a merging of efforts or interests: an alliance between church and state.
4. the persons or entities so allied.
5. marriage or the family relationship created by marriage.
6. close relationship or correspondence; affinity: the alliance between logic and metaphysics.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French]
syn: alliance, league, confederation, union refer to the joining of states for mutual benefit or for the joint exercise of functions. alliance refers to a combination of states for the promotion of common interests:a trade alliance. league usu. suggests a closer, more formal combination or a more definite purpose: The League of Nations was formed to promote world peace. confederation applies to a fairly permanent combination for the exercise in common of certain governmental functions: a confederation of Canadian provinces. union implies an alliance so close and permanent that the separate states become essentially one:the union of England and Scotland to form Great Britain.

alliance

An alliance is the result of formal agreements (i.e., treaties) between two or more nations for broad, long-term objectives that further the common interests of the members. See also coalition; multinational.

Alliance

 a union between families, states, or parties; the persons allied; a combination of common objects; a group of natural orders of plants, e.g., glumal alliance includes grasses and other allied orders.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alliance - the state of being allied or confederatedalliance - the state of being allied or confederated
coalition, fusion - the state of being combined into one body
2.alliance - a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interestalliance - a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest; "the shifting alliances within a large family"; "their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them"
connection, connexion, connectedness - a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it); "there was a connection between eating that pickle and having that nightmare"
silver cord - the emotional bond between a mother and her offspring
3.alliance - an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treatyalliance - an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
combination - an alliance of people or corporations or countries for a special purpose (formerly to achieve some antisocial end but now for general political or economic purposes)
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
allies - an alliance of nations joining together to fight a common enemy
bloc, axis - a group of countries in special alliance
Allies - in World War I the alliance of Great Britain and France and Russia and all the other nations that became allied with them in opposing the Central Powers
Central Powers - in World War I the alliance of Germany and Austria-Hungary and other nations allied with them in opposing the Allies
Allies - the alliance of nations that fought the Axis in World War II and which (with subsequent additions) signed the charter of the United Nations in 1945
Axis - in World War II the alliance of Germany and Italy in 1936 which later included Japan and other nations; "the Axis opposed the Allies in World War II"
entente, entente cordiale - an informal alliance between countries
popular front - a leftist coalition organized against a common opponent
ally - a friendly nation
Northern Alliance, United Front - a multiethnic alliance in Afghanistan who practice a moderate form of Islam and are united in their opposition to the Taliban
4.alliance - a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aimalliance - a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim
pact, treaty, accord - a written agreement between two states or sovereigns
5.alliance - the act of forming an alliance or confederationalliance - the act of forming an alliance or confederation
group action - action taken by a group of people

alliance

noun
2. relationship, association, bond, connection, affinity, rapport, kinship an alliance between philanthropy and medicine
Quotations
"alliance: in international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pocket that they cannot separately plunder a third" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]

alliance

noun
1. An association, especially of nations for a common cause:
Translations
تَـحَالُفحِلْف، تَحَالُف
spojenectví
allianceforbund
allianssiliittoliittoumaliittoutumaliittoutuneet
savezalijansa
bandalag
提携
동맹
spojenectvo
zavezništvo
allians
พันธมิตร
liên minh

alliance

[əˈlaɪəns] Nalianza f
to enter into an alliance withaliarse con

alliance

[əˈlaɪəns] nalliance f
military alliance → alliance militaire
strategic alliance → alliance stratégique
to form an alliance → conclure une alliance
an alliance with sb → une alliance avec qn

alliance

nVerbindung f; (of institutions also, of states) → Bündnis nt; (in historical contexts) → Allianz f; partners in an allianceBündnispartner pl

alliance

[əˈlaɪəns] n (Pol) → alleanza

ally

(əˈlai) verb
to join by political agreement, marriage, friendship etc. Small countries must ally themselves with larger countries in order to survive.
(ˈӕlai) noun
a state, person etc allied with another. The two countries were allies at that time.
alˈliance noun
the alliance between Britain and France; The three countries entered into an alliance.
ˈallied (ˈӕ-) adjective
1. joined by political agreement or treaty. The allied forces entered the country.
2. (with with) together with; joined to. Her beauty allied with her intelligence made her a successful model.
3. (with to) related to; resembling. The ape is closely allied to man.

alliance

تَـحَالُف spojenectví alliance Bündnis συμμαχία alianza liittoutuma alliance savez alleanza 提携 동맹 alliantie allianse przymierze aliança союз allians พันธมิตร ittifak liên minh 联盟

alliance

n. alianza, unión; acuerdo.
References in classic literature ?
It was in fact the very appropriate truth that she had ventured to criticize the propriety, to hint at the incongruity, of so close an alliance, and even to go so far on the subject as a frank overture to Miss Jessel.
The law forbade Sunday drinking; and this had delivered the saloon- keepers into the hands of the police, and made an alliance between them necessary.
This, Harriet, is an alliance which can never raise a blush in either of us.
Au reste, we all know them: danger of bad example to innocence of childhood; distractions and consequent neglect of duty on the part of the attached--mutual alliance and reliance; confidence thence resulting- -insolence accompanying--mutiny and general blow-up.
He was rather too indulgent in humouring her caprices; not from affection, but from pride: he wished earnestly to see her bring honour to the family by an alliance with the Lintons, and as long as she let him alone she might trample on us like slaves, for aught he cared
Obstinate as the admiral was by nature, strongly as he felt the objections which attached to his nephew's contemplated alliance, he recoiled in spite of himself, as he paced the room and saw the facts on either side immovably staring him in the face.
Henry Spiker, who had hitherto been very distant, entered into a defensive alliance against us, the common enemy, and exchanged a mysterious dialogue across the table for our defeat and overthrow.
If, as was most generally the case, they placed themselves under the protection of any of the petty kings in their vicinity, accepted of feudal offices in his household, or bound themselves by mutual treaties of alliance and protection, to support him in his enterprises, they might indeed purchase temporary repose; but it must be with the sacrifice of that independence which was so dear to every English bosom, and at the certain hazard of being involved as a party in whatever rash expedition the ambition of their protector might lead him to undertake.
Her father was a retired admiral, with sufficient influence to have had a sinecure made by a Conservative government expressly for the maintenance of his son pending alliance with some heiress.
I spoken Dutch tolerably well; I told him who we were, and begged him, in consideration of our being Christians and Protestants, of neighbouring countries in strict alliance, that he would move the captains to take some pity on us.
Of course, if this gentleman is wealthy, there is no reason why she should not contract an alliance with him.
He told her how important such an alliance would be, and pressed her to consent.