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1Communication or cooperation which facilitates a close working relationship between people or organizations:‘the head porter works in close liaison with the reception office’
cooperation, contact, association, connection, collaborationView synonyms
- ‘On the contrary, ‘lobbying’ must be applied vigorously in close liaison with constituent social movements.’
- ‘There has been a great deal of liaison with the local community and with the peaceful groups who wanted to demonstrate.’
- ‘Our audit illustrates why we must consider non-attendance within the wider social context and the importance of close liaison with social services.’
- ‘There is also close liaison with the school's reception class.’
- ‘The party also proposes closer liaison with local governments and private organizations to help refugees.’
- ‘Nursing support and close liaison with the general practitioner and education and social services are necessary.’
- ‘The police have to work a good deal harder to develop closer liaison with the transport providers.’
- ‘FBI field offices with these types of schools in their area should establish appropriate liaison.’
- ‘Stimulants should be prescribed judiciously and monitored carefully by specialists in close liaison with primary care physicians.’
- ‘This preliminary experience suggests that, despite close liaison with the primary care group, the referral process will take time to be adopted and implemented.’
- ‘The Department of Agriculture will continue to maintain close liaison with the Northern Ireland authorities.’
- ‘He said the Institute was putting in place a framework for the resolution of the problem and towards this end, it would work in close liaison with the residents, students, community leaders and the Gardai.’
- ‘Management of toxicities in the community requires close liaison with the hospital team, and severe toxicity requires immediate admission.’
- ‘After many phone calls between the ship and the UK, along with close liaison with the contractor support team, a new engine was shipped out.’
- ‘The university is in close liaison with the police and a formal complaint has been laid with the Commercial Investigation Branch.’
- ‘This has been done through close liaison with many local and national bodies.’
- ‘A spokesman for Essex Health Authority said it had been in close liaison with the school and was helping it to pass on advice to parents on how to spot meningitis.’
- ‘We think that educational sessions for small groups of family doctors and close liaison with psychiatric colleagues can greatly improve the recognition of depression and the care of people with depression.’
- ‘Saunas, white-water rafting and a very close liaison with the local military combined to make this a most successful visit.’
- ‘It is also our intention to work in closer liaison with the fans and the local authority.’
- 1.1[count noun] A person who acts as a link to assist communication or cooperation between people:‘he's our liaison with a number of interested parties’
intermediary, mediator, middleman, contact, contact man, contact person, contact woman, link, linkman, linkwoman, linkperson, go-between, representative, agent, interceder, factorView synonyms
- ‘This dual responsibility helps them to be effective communicators, serving as liaisons between software engineers and the user community.’
- ‘Second, when outside assistance is sought, family members frequently serve as liaisons between elderly relatives and health care systems.’
- ‘As health care professionals, we must see ourselves as social activists and community liaisons.’
- ‘Advisers serve advisees as advocates, guides, group leaders, community builders, liaisons with parents, and evaluation coordinators.’
- ‘If you want to interview someone in particular, see if a media liaison can arrange it for you.’
- ‘To assist them, they hired an Italian liaison who lives in Italy and speaks fluent Italian.’
- ‘I'm a liaison between the scientific community and the public.’
- ‘When not covering specific cases, the team of six officers act as police liaisons with both the hip-hop world and detectives covering a similar beat in California and Florida.’
- ‘The media liaisons are there to ensure that the press has something to write about.’
- ‘Keith has been in Bulgaria since April working as a liaison of the American Bar Association.’
- ‘This eight-week program trains parents to be active participants and advocates in their children's education and to share these skills as community liaisons.’
- 1.2[count noun] A sexual relationship, especially one that is secret or illicit:‘she abandoned her loyalty to her absent husband in favour of a sexual liaison with William’
love affair, affair, relationship, romance, attachment, fling, intrigue, amour, affair of the heart, involvement, amorous entanglement, romantic entanglement, entanglementView synonyms
- ‘In 1613, she was accused of having a sexual liaison with a neighbour and to clear her name, went to the Church Court.’
- ‘Seductive women pursue sexual liaisons, as well - they just employ different tactics.’
- ‘Isn't that one of the primary reasons for engaging in an illicit liaison in the first place?’
- ‘Their liaisons are unlikely to lead to anything permanent - they're just having a good time.’
- ‘Above and below, divisions blur and the long-established equilibrium is knocked off balance amid revelations of illicit sexual liaisons and dubious business dealings.’
- ‘Despite his unpleasant personality, he was remarkably successful at this, although these liaisons rarely lasted beyond a single night.’
- ‘In desperation, she entered warily into a sexual liaison with an army captain, who offered some promise of economic stability.’
- ‘The protagonist of this novel, married young to a much older man, embarks on an adulterous liaison with one of his friends.’
- ‘For most modern readers, the idea that Isabel is intending an eventual extra-marital liaison is grotesque.’
- ‘A couple of slaps later they were advised to be careful in their romantic liaisons.’
- ‘The idea of a liaison with such an older man seemed to hold a fascination which they often discussed among themselves.’
- ‘In some traditional stories, the temple fair was even a place for romantic liaisons.’
- ‘Imagine if we held America accountable for every secret liaison its agents have ever made.’
- ‘His tie to her will last longer than most adulterous liaisons.’
- ‘In fact, she rents an apartment so they can conduct their liaison without being disturbed.’
2The binding or thickening agent of a sauce, often based on egg yolks.
- ‘A liaison of egg yolk and/or a little cream can be added at the end to enrich it and make it even more velvety.’
(in French and other languages) the sounding of a consonant that is normally silent at the end of a word, because the next word begins with a vowel.
- ‘Perhaps, in the final analysis, French liaison and linking in English may not be so different after all.’
- 3.1 Introduction of a consonant between a word that ends in a vowel and another that begins with a vowel, as in English law and order.
Mid 17th century (as a cookery term): from French, from lier to bind.
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