alliance /əˈlʌɪəns/

a

I. noun

1. a union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations

a defensive alliance between Australia and New Zealand
divisions within the alliance.
2. a relationship based on similarity of interests, nature, or qualities

an alliance between medicine and morality.
3. [ mass noun] the state of being joined or associated

his party is in alliance with the Greens.
4.
[Ecology] a group of closely related plant associations.
– origin Middle English: from Old French aliance, from alier ‘to ally’ (see ally1).

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