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"union" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈjuː.ni.ən/
  • union noun (JOINING)

B2 [S or U] the ​act or the ​state of being ​joined together: Meanwhile the ​debate on ​Europeanpolitical and ​monetary union ​continues.formal She ​believes that the union (= ​marriage) of man and woman in ​holymatrimony is for ​ever.the Union [S] (in the American Civil War) the ​states that did not ​separate from the United States

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

"union" in American English

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unionnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈjun·jən/
  • union noun [C/U] (THINGS JOINED)

the ​act or the ​state of being ​joined together The union of two ​people refers to ​marriage.
  • union noun [C/U] (POLITICAL UNIT)

social studies a ​politicalunit made up of two or more ​separateunits such as ​statesthe Union US history In the American Civil War, the Union refers to the ​states that did not ​separate from the ​UnitedStates.
  • union noun [C/U] (ORGANIZATION)

social studies [C] a ​labor union
(Definition of union from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"union" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈjuːnjən/
[C] ( UK also trade union, US also labor union) HR, WORKPLACE an ​organization that ​represents the ​people who ​work in a particular ​industry, ​protects their ​rights and may ​agreepay, ​workingconditions, etc. with their ​employers: "No ​date has yet been set for a ​strike, the union said in a ​statement to the ​press this morning. The unions are on ​strike over ​wageconcerns. The ​politicalactivity of each affiliated union is ​highlyregulated by ​statute. a union ​spokesman/​delegate/​negotiator public-sector/public-employee/state-worker unions civil-service/​white-collar/​blue-collar unionsjoin/belong to a union The new ​generation of ​workers is less likely to ​join a union.
[C] a ​group of two or more countries that ​work together or that have the same ​government: the ​European Union
[S or U] the ​act of ​joining two or more things together, or the ​state of being ​joined together: Both ​bosses had a ​financialinterest in making the ​mergerwork, as the ​success of the union of their two ​companies showed. economic/​political/​monetary union
(Definition of union from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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