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ALLIANCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does alliance mean? 

ALLIANCE (noun)
  The noun ALLIANCE has 5 senses:

1. the state of being allied or confederated
2. a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest
3. an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
4. a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim
5. the act of forming an alliance or confederation

  Familiarity information: ALLIANCE used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ALLIANCE (noun)


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Meaning:

The state of being allied or confederated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

alliance; confederation

Hypernyms ("alliance" is a kind of...):

coalition; fusion (the state of being combined into one body)


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Meaning:

A connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

alliance; bond

Context examples:

the shifting alliances within a large family / their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them

Hypernyms ("alliance" is a kind of...):

connectedness; connection; connexion (a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "alliance"):

silver cord (the emotional bond between a mother and her offspring)


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Meaning:

An organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

alignment; alinement; coalition; alliance

Hypernyms ("alliance" is a kind of...):

organisation; organization (a group of people who work together)

Meronyms (members of "alliance"):

ally (a friendly nation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "alliance"):

combination (an alliance of people or corporations or countries for a special purpose (formerly to achieve some antisocial end but now for general political or economic purposes))

Northern Alliance; United Front (a multiethnic alliance in Afghanistan who practice a moderate form of Islam and are united in their opposition to the Taliban)

global organization; international organisation; international organization; world organisation; world organization (an international alliance involving many different countries)

popular front (a leftist coalition organized against a common opponent)

entente; entente cordiale (an informal alliance between countries)

Axis (in World War II the alliance of Germany and Italy in 1936 which later included Japan and other nations)

Allies (the alliance of nations that fought the Axis in World War II and which (with subsequent additions) signed the charter of the United Nations in 1945)

Central Powers (in World War I the alliance of Germany and Austria-Hungary and other nations allied with them in opposing the Allies)

Allies (in World War I the alliance of Great Britain and France and Russia and all the other nations that became allied with them in opposing the Central Powers)

axis; bloc (a group of countries in special alliance)

allies (an alliance of nations joining together to fight a common enemy)


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Meaning:

A formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("alliance" is a kind of...):

accord; pact; treaty (a written agreement between two states or sovereigns)


Sense 5alliance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of forming an alliance or confederation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

confederation; alliance

Hypernyms ("alliance" is a kind of...):

group action (action taken by a group of people)


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