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allegiancenoun [C or U]

uk   /əˈliː.dʒəns/  us   /əˈliː.dʒəns/ formal
loyalty and support for a ruler, country, group, or belief: Soldiers have to swear allegiance to the Crown/the King. In many American schools, the students pledge allegiance (to the flag) at the beginning of the school day. As an Englishman who'd lived for a long time in France, he felt a certain conflict of allegiances when the two countries played soccer.
(Definition of allegiance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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allegiancenoun [C/U]

 us   /əˈli·dʒəns/
support for a leader, country, group, or belief: [U] For many here, allegiance to the local community comes first.
(Definition of allegiance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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