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ally

Noun

1 a friendly nation
2 an associate who provides assistance; "he's a good ally in fight"; "they were friends of the workers" [syn: friend] [ant: foe] v : become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage; "He allied himself with the Communists" [also: allied]allied adj
1 related by common characteristics or ancestry; "allied species"; "allied studies"
2 united in a confederacy or league [syn: confederate, confederative]
3 joined by treaty or agreementallied See ally

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English

Pronunciation

  • Verb form: əlīd', /əˈlaɪd/, /@"laId/
  • Adjective: ă'līd, /ˈælaɪd/, /"

Extensive Definition

In general, allies are individuals, groups or nations that have joined together in an association for mutual benefit or to achieve some common or purpose. Allies spelled with a capital "A", usually denotes the countries who fought together against the Central Powers in World War I, the Allies of World War I or those who fought against the Axis Powers in World War II, as in "Allies of World War II." The allies of World War II are France, Poland, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom (and Empire), the United States, and the Soviet Union. These countries liberated all the occupied countries of Europe except Albania who was liberated herself before the allies arrived. They also liberated many countries in Africa and in Asia.
In English usage, those who share a common goal and whose work toward that goal is complementary may be viewed as allies for various purposes even when no explicit agreement has been worked out between them. Similarly, when the term is used in the context of war or armed struggle, a formal military alliance is not required for being perceived as an ally—co-belligerence, to fight alongside someone, is enough. According to this general usage, allies become allies not when concluding an alliance treaty but when struck by war.
The Allied Nations has been a name for a few organisations and factions in popular media, such as the Mercenaries games. The Allies in the Command & Conquer: Red Alert series include the nations of the WW2 alliance plus Germany, allied in the face of Soviet aggression towards Europe.
allied in Afrikaans: Geallieerdes
allied in Arabic: قوات التحالف
allied in Cebuano: Alliés
allied in Czech: Spojenci
allied in German: Alliierte
allied in Spanish: Aliados
allied in Esperanto: Aliancanoj
allied in Persian: نیروهای متفقین
allied in French: Alliés
allied in Irish: Comhghuaillithe
allied in Korean: 연합국
allied in Indonesian: Sekutu
allied in Italian: Alleati
allied in Malayalam: സഖ്യകക്ഷികള്‍
allied in Dutch: Geallieerden
allied in Japanese: 連合国
allied in Polish: Alianci
allied in Portuguese: Aliados
allied in Simple English: Allies
allied in Slovenian: Zavezniki
allied in Finnish: Liittoutuneet
allied in Turkish: Müttefik

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