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alliancenoun [C]

uk   /əˈlaɪ.əns/  us   /əˈlaɪ.əns/
C2 a group of countries, political parties, or people who have agreed to work together because of shared interests or aims: a military alliance NATO is sometimes called the Atlantic Alliance.
C2 an agreement to work with someone else to try to achieve the same thing: The three smaller parties have forged/formed an alliance against the government. Some of us feel that the union is in alliance with management against us.

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alliancenoun [C/U]

 us   /əˈlɑɪ·əns/
politics & government a group of countries, political parties, or people who work together because of shared interests or aims, or the act of forming such a group: [C] Switzerland does not belong to any military alliance. [U] Alliance against our common enemy is our only hope for survival.
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"alliance" in Business English

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alliancenoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈlaɪəns/
an agreement to work with another person, organization, etc. to try to achieve the same thing: a business/economic/marketing allianceforge/form/enter into an alliance with sb/sth The company will forge alliances with other car makers similar to joint manufacturing agreements already established in Europe.alliance between sb (and sb) Many details of the alliance between the two companies have been left unclear.
a group of countries, companies, organizations, etc. who have agreed to work together because of shared interests: a global/an international alliance The most likely outcome would be a project managed by an alliance of contractors with an equal interest in building the carrier.
in alliance with sb/sth
working together with another person, organization, etc.: The company will also be able to promote its service in alliance with broadband suppliers in which it has made investments.
(Definition of alliance from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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