1 act of joining; state of being joined

Some of the member states wanted a closer union rather than the loose confederation that developed.


a move in the direction of full political union

economic, monetary, political
currency, customs
create, form
union between

currency union between the two countries

union with

the union with East Germany

2 workers' organization
labor (AmE), trade (esp. BrE), trades (BrE)
public-sector, public-service, public-services (all BrE)
government-employee, public-employee (both AmE)
free, independent
big, large, major

France's biggest union

militant, strong
local, national
industrial (esp. AmE)
electricians', faculty (AmE), teachers', etc.

She became active in the teachers' union.

engineering, health, rail, teaching, transport, etc. (all BrE)
student, students'
form, organize (esp. AmE), set up
belong to
be affiliated to sth
represent sb/sth

The union represents 40% of all hospital workers.

negotiate (sth)

The nurses' union negotiated a new contract.

accept sth, agree (to sth)
refuse sth, reject sth, threaten sth

The union threatened strike action if its demands were not met.

claim sth, express sth

Several unions expressed support for the strike.

support sb/sth
confederation, federation, movement, organization
branch (esp. BrE), local (AmE)
action, activism, activity, militancy (esp. BrE), power
activist, member, official, rep, representative
spokesman, spokesperson, spokeswoman
boss, chief, leader, organizer, president, secretary (esp. BrE), shop steward (BrE), steward (BrE)
leadership, membership, representation
conference (esp. BrE), election
shop (AmE)
card, dues (esp. AmE)

He paid his union dues to Local Union 98.

contract (AmE)
3 between two people
civil, legal
holy, spiritual
gay, same-sex
allow, recognize

states where same-sex unions are recognized

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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