a formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations to cooperate for specific purposes.
a merging of efforts or interests by persons, families, states, or organizations: an alliance between church and state.
the persons or entities so allied.
marriage or the relationship created by marriage between the families of the spouses.
correspondence in basic characteristics; affinity: the alliance between logic and metaphysics.
- in·ter·al·li·ance, noun, adjective
- non·al·li·ance, noun
- pre·al·li·ance, noun
- pro·al·li·ance, adjective
- re·al·li·ance, noun
- sub·al·li·ance, noun
Other definitions for Alliance (2 of 2)
a city in NE Ohio.
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How to use alliance in a sentence
In small human societies, for thousands of years, there were shifting alliances and status hierarchies, people who were good to cooperate with and people who most people ostracized.
TikTok responded by beginning negotiations with potential buyers, the most likely of included Oracle and a rival alliance of Microsoft and Walmart.How Trump’s TikTok ban pushed China’s most independent tech billionaire closer to Beijing | claychandler | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
Part of that work includes Ryan’s CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, an alliance of some 1,200 CEOs who are working collaboratively on inclusion issues in their workforce.
They include alliances with companies like Adidas and Lego and star designers like Tom Dixon and Virgil Abloh.Ikea promises ‘democratic’ design. Has its Virgil Abloh collaboration lived up? | claychandler | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
Aggressive interactions and alliances help determine which hyenas are on top, and all individuals know where they stand, Strauss says.
First, one fights with another, then they make an alliance, then they go back to fighting each other.
But with GOP governors slashing budgets across the country, can this odd alliance last?
The book details his confrontations with neoconservatives, and his alliance with Condoleezza Rice.
He entered in an awkward alliance with Lapid to join the government but quickly distanced himself from it.Goodbye to Israel’s Lousy Government (Let’s Hope the Next One Isn’t Worse) | Alon Ben-Meir | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That alliance between the spy agency and the military, forged in Iraq, would forever change the way America fights wars.
But this alliance is rotten, and cannot endure; the Western men are no partizans of slavery.
Perhaps, like father, I am a snob at heart and liked the sensation of a sort of artistic alliance with the British aristocracy.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
He heard Mohammedans alluding to a Brahmin as a leader—so might a wolf and a snake make common alliance against a watch dog.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
They accepted baptism as a sort of sacred pledge of friendship and alliance with the French.
Such an alliance was not to be tolerated for a moment, in connection with the last scion of his name and race.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
British Dictionary definitions for alliance (1 of 2)
the act of allying or state of being allied; union; confederation
a formal agreement or pact, esp a military one, between two or more countries to achieve a particular aim
the countries involved in such an agreement
a union between families through marriage
affinity or correspondence in qualities or characteristics
botany a taxonomic category consisting of a group of related families; subclass
British Dictionary definitions for Alliance (2 of 2)
the Alliance the Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party acting or regarded as a political entity from 1981 to 1988
(as modifier): an Alliance candidate
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