Meaning of “alliance” in the English Dictionary

"alliance" in British English

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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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  • All the countries have proclaimed their loyalty to the alliance.
  • Religious fanatics have formed an unholy alliance with right wing groups.
  • A chain can only be as strong as its weakest link, so we must look at the least committed country to see if the alliance will hold.
  • All these different political elements have somehow been yoked together to form a new alliance.
  • The party is a loose alliance of environmentalists and left-wingers.

(Definition of “alliance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"alliance" in American English

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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.

(Definition of “alliance” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"alliance" in Business English

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alliancenoun [ C ]

uk /əˈlaɪəns/ us

an agreement to work with another person, organization, etc. to try to achieve the same thing:

forge/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)