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English adjective: Union

1. Union being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War

SamplesUnion soldiers.
Federal forces.
A Federal infantryman.




2. union of trade unions

SamplesThe union movement.
Union negotiations.
A union-shop clause in the contract.

Similarclosed, organised, organized, unionised, unionized


English noun: union

1. union (group) an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer

SamplesYou have to join the union in order to get a job.

Synonymsbrotherhood, labor union, trade union, trades union

Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization

Narrower (hyponym)company union, craft union, I.W.W., industrial union, Industrial Workers of the World, IWW, vertical union

Part meronymlabor, labor movement, trade union movement

2. Union (location) the United States (especially the northern states during the American Civil War)

SamplesHe has visited every state in the Union.
Lee hoped to detach Maryland from the Union.
The North's superior resources turned the scale.


Instance hypernymAmerica, the States, U.S., U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA

Part holonymfree state


Domain regionAmerica, the States, U.S., U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA

3. union (act) the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes

SamplesThe casual couplings of adolescents.
The mating of some species occurs only in the spring.

Synonymsconjugation, coupling, mating, pairing, sexual union

Broader (hypernym)sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice

Narrower (hyponym)assortative mating, cross, crossbreeding, crossing, disassortative mating, hybridisation, hybridization, hybridizing, inbreeding, interbreeding, service, servicing

4. union (state) the state of being joined or united or linked

SamplesThere is strength in union.


Broader (hypernym)state

Narrower (hyponym)association, coalition, colligation, conjugation, conjunction, connectedness, connection, fusion, junction, link, marriage, syncretism


5. union (state) the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)

SamplesA long and happy marriage.
God bless this union.

Synonymsmarriage, matrimony, spousal relationship, wedlock

Broader (hypernym)marital status

Narrower (hyponym)bigamy, common-law marriage, cuckoldom, endogamy, exogamy, inmarriage, intermarriage, intermarriage, marriage of convenience, misalliance, monandry, monogamousness, monogamy, open marriage, polygamy, sigeh

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

6. union (process) healing process involving the growing together of the edges of a wound or the growing together of broken bones


Broader (hypernym)healing

7. union (group) a political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations

SamplesThe Soviet Union.

Broader (hypernym)political entity, political unit

Narrower (hyponym)confederacy, confederation, customs union, enosis, federation, league

8. union (group) a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets

SamplesLet C be the union of the sets A and B.

Synonymsjoin, sum

Broader (hypernym)set

Narrower (hyponym)direct sum

9. union (event) the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts

SamplesLightning produced an unusual union of the metals.

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)amphimixis, combine, combining, fusion, merger, unification

10. union (artifact) a device on a national flag emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties (typically in the upper inner corner)

Broader (hypernym)device

11. union (act) the act of making or becoming a single unit

SamplesThe union of opposing factions.
He looked forward to the unification of his family for the holidays.

Synonymsconjugation, jointure, unification, uniting

Broader (hypernym)combination, combining, compounding

Narrower (hyponym)coalescence, coalescency, coalition, concretion, conglutination, reunification, reunion, tribalisation, tribalization, umbrella


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