alliance Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"alliance" in British English

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alliancenoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈlaɪ.əns/
C2 a ​group of ​countries, ​politicalparties, or ​people who have ​agreed to ​work together because of ​sharedinterests 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 ​smallerparties have forged/​formed an alliance against the ​government. Some of us ​feel that the ​union is in alliance withmanagement against us.
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(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, ​politicalparties, or ​people who ​work together because of ​sharedinterests or ​aims, or the ​act of ​forming such a ​group: [C] Switzerland does not ​belong to any ​military alliance. [U] Alliance against ​ourcommonenemy 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   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 ​carmakers similar to ​jointmanufacturingagreements 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 ​sharedinterests: a ​global/an ​international alliance The most likely ​outcome would be a ​projectmanaged by an alliance ofcontractors with an ​equalinterest 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 ​broadbandsuppliers in which it has made ​investments.
(Definition of alliance from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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