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noun union pronunciation in British English /ˈjuːnjən/
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    [countable] a group of states or countries that join together

    the European Union

    1. b.

      the Union

      the Northern States of the US during the American Civil War
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    [singular/uncountable] the process of joining things or people together
    1. a.
      the state of being joined together
      union with:

      Their aim is closer political and economic union with Europe.

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    [countable/uncountable] formal the process of getting married, or the state of being married
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    [countable/uncountable] very formal the activity of having sex
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