alliance (n.)

  1. the state of being allied or confederated

    [ Syn: confederation ]

  2. a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest; the shifting alliances within a large family; their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them

    [ Syn: bond ]

  3. an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty

    [ Syn: coalition , alignment , alinement ]

  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

    [ Syn: confederation ]

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