Definition of liaison in English:

liaison

noun

  • 1Communication or cooperation that facilitates a close working relationship between people or organizations.

    ‘the head porter works in close liaison with the reception office’
    • ‘It is also our intention to work in closer liaison with the fans and the local authority.’
    • ‘On the contrary, ‘lobbying’ must be applied vigorously in close liaison with constituent social movements.’
    • ‘The party also proposes closer liaison with local governments and private organizations to help refugees.’
    • ‘The Department of Agriculture will continue to maintain close liaison with the Northern Ireland authorities.’
    • ‘Saunas, white-water rafting and a very close liaison with the local military combined to make this a most successful visit.’
    • ‘This preliminary experience suggests that, despite close liaison with the primary care group, the referral process will take time to be adopted and implemented.’
    • ‘FBI field offices with these types of schools in their area should establish appropriate liaison.’
    • ‘There is also close liaison with the school's reception class.’
    • ‘Stimulants should be prescribed judiciously and monitored carefully by specialists in close liaison with primary care physicians.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Management of toxicities in the community requires close liaison with the hospital team, and severe toxicity requires immediate admission.’
    • ‘Our audit illustrates why we must consider non-attendance within the wider social context and the importance of close liaison with social services.’
    • ‘This has been done through close liaison with many local and national bodies.’
    • ‘There has been a great deal of liaison with the local community and with the peaceful groups who wanted to demonstrate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The police have to work a good deal harder to develop closer liaison with the transport providers.’
    • ‘Nursing support and close liaison with the general practitioner and education and social services are necessary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The university is in close liaison with the police and a formal complaint has been laid with the Commercial Investigation Branch.’
    • ‘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.’
    cooperation, contact, association, connection, collaboration
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    1. 1.1A person who acts as a link to assist communication or cooperation between groups of people.
      ‘he's our liaison with a number of interested parties’
      • ‘To assist them, they hired an Italian liaison who lives in Italy and speaks fluent Italian.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As health care professionals, we must see ourselves as social activists and community liaisons.’
      • ‘This dual responsibility helps them to be effective communicators, serving as liaisons between software engineers and the user community.’
      • ‘The media liaisons are there to ensure that the press has something to write about.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Second, when outside assistance is sought, family members frequently serve as liaisons between elderly relatives and health care systems.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2A sexual relationship, especially one that is secret and involves unfaithfulness to a partner.
      • ‘In 1613, she was accused of having a sexual liaison with a neighbour and to clear her name, went to the Church Court.’
      • ‘Despite his unpleasant personality, he was remarkably successful at this, although these liaisons rarely lasted beyond a single night.’
      • ‘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 desperation, she entered warily into a sexual liaison with an army captain, who offered some promise of economic stability.’
      • ‘In some traditional stories, the temple fair was even a place for romantic liaisons.’
      • ‘Seductive women pursue sexual liaisons, as well - they just employ different tactics.’
      • ‘His tie to her will last longer than most adulterous liaisons.’
      • ‘For most modern readers, the idea that Isabel is intending an eventual extra-marital liaison is grotesque.’
      • ‘In fact, she rents an apartment so they can conduct their liaison without being disturbed.’
      • ‘Above and below, divisions blur and the long-established equilibrium is knocked off balance amid revelations of illicit sexual liaisons and dubious business dealings.’
      • ‘The protagonist of this novel, married young to a much older man, embarks on an adulterous liaison with one of his friends.’
      • ‘Their liaisons are unlikely to lead to anything permanent - they're just having a good time.’
      • ‘Isn't that one of the primary reasons for engaging in an illicit liaison in the first place?’
      • ‘Imagine if we held America accountable for every secret liaison its agents have ever made.’
  • 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.’
  • 3Phonetics
    (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.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (as a culinary term): from French, from lier to bind.

Pronunciation:

liaison

/lēˈāzän//ˈlēəˌzän/