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  Definition of Union
  1. the act of making or becoming a single unit; "the union of opposing factions"; "he looked forward to the unification of his family for the holidays"
  2. the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes; "the casual couplings of adolescents"; "the mating of some species occurs only in the spring"
  3. a device on a national flag emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties (typically in the upper inner corner)
  4. the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts; "lightning produced an unusual union of the metals"
  5. a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets; "let C be the union of the sets A and B"
  6. an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer; "you have to join the union in order to get a job"
  7. a political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations; "the Soviet Union"
  8. the United States (especially the northern states during the American Civil War); "he has visited every state in the Union"; "Lee hoped to detach Maryland from the Union"; "the North''s superior resources turned the scale"
  9. healing process involving the growing together of the edges of a wound or the growing together of broken bones
  10. the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
  11. the state of being joined or united or linked; "there is strength in union"
  12. being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the Civil War; "Union soldiers"; "Federal forces"; "a Federal infantryman"
  13. of trade unions; "the union movement"; "union negotiations"; "a union-shop clause in the contract"
Similar Words: unification, uniting, conjugation, jointure, coupling, mating, pairing, sum, join, labor union, trade union, trades union, brotherhood, Union, North, conglutination, marriage, matrimony, spousal relationship, wedlock, Federal


Hyponyms: coalescence, coalescency, coalition, concretion, conglutination, reunion, reunification, tribalization, tribalisation, umbrella, assortative mating, disassortative mating, hybridization, hybridisation, crossbreeding, crossing, cross, interbreeding, hybridizing, inbreeding, servicing, service, amphimixis, fusion, merger, unification, combining, combine, direct sum, industrial union, vertical union, craft union, company union, Industrial Workers of the World, IWW, I.W.W., confederation, confederacy, federation, enosis, league, customs union, bigamy, common-law marriage, endogamy, intermarriage, inmarriage, exogamy, marriage of convenience, misalliance, monandry, monogamy, monogamousness, open marriage, polygamy, sigeh, connection, link, connectedness, junction, conjunction, conjugation, colligation, association, marriage, syncretism


Attributes: northern


Part Meronyms: labor movement, trade union movement, labor


Derivational Morphology: connect, link, link up, join, unite, unify, merge, conjugate, copulate, mate, pair, couple, unionize, unionise, organize, organise, coapt, conglutinate


Language Translations:
Chinese: 聯合 and 并集   Dutch: unie and vereniging  
Esperanto: kunaĵo   Finnish: liitto and yhdiste  
French: réunion and union   German: Union  
Hebrew: איחוד   Hungarian: egyesülés  
Icelandic: samband and sammengi   Italian: unione  
Japanese: 同盟 and 和集合   Korean: 연맹  
Polish: unia   Portuguese: união  
Russian: объединение множеств and союз   Serbian: savez  
Spanish: unión   Swedish: union  
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