from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To effect or establish a liaison.
  • intransitive v. To act or serve as a liaison officer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To establish a liaison.
  • v. To act between parties with a view to reconciling differences.
  • v. To cooperate, consult and discuss in order to come to a common solution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To form or maintain a liaison{3}.
  • intransitive v. To act as a liaison{4}.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. act between parties with a view to reconciling differences


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Back-formation from liaison.

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Back-formation from liaison, itself from French liaison ("binding"), from Latin ligatio (stem ligation-) (English ligation), derived from ligō, from Proto-Indo-European *leygʰ- (“to bind”).


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  • But on Tuesday, the police service gave no indication that it was in a mood to "liaise".

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  • While on the one hand rejecting SACTU initiatives for workers 'unity, the TUC on the other hand attempted to' liaise 'with the very same African workers it would not accept as constitutional equals.


  • Nationalist legislation; secondly, SACTU already existed as a coordinating body for African workers and if the TUC seriously wanted to 'liaise' why had it rejected all of SACTU's offers for unity?


  • The Merriam-Webster Online states that "liaise" is an example of a "back-formation," through which a new word is extracted from another, perfectly legitimate word on the assumption that it must exist, etymologically, although it does not.

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  • The planned summit trip, along with a visit to China by South Korea's nuclear envoy set for Thursday, indicates an improvement in ties, driven by the need to liaise on policy toward Pyongyang during the potentially volatile transition to new leadership in North Korea.

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  • "We liaise with the Women's Tennis Association," added Dobson, while pointing out that there have been no specific threats to players relating to their time at these championships.

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  • As master of the hunt, the article explains, "She is responsible for the hunt's finances, must run the hunt's house, work with the huntsman with the kennels and hounds, and liaise with landowners."

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  • This is what led him to liaise and to establish relationships with Martin Luther King, Jr., and both Robert Kennedy and Jack Kennedy.

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  • I've been here in the dark for an hour with another team member, while we liaise with control.

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  • When, as a college librarian, I agreed to serve as a link between the library and the faculty, I did not know that my job description would include the function "liaise with the faculty." This definitely did not sound like something I wanted to do.

    August 1, 2010

  • I'm officially a liaison, but I don't use this word. It sits in the snake-oil section of my mental shelf.

    May 29, 2009

  • One day soon, I fear, someone will name a girlchild this. And her brother will be Liaison. But then at some point she will write her name Li-Aise or Li-Ayse or Li-Ayze, with hearts over the eyes.

    May 28, 2009

  • Sometimes only an a numbat will do.

    May 28, 2009

  • Hee, well said. I almost tried to verb mosaic last night, until I realised the horror I was perpetrating and slapped myself with a stiff numbat.

    May 28, 2009

  • Vile. Liaise me and I will surveil your ass for a kicking-spot.

    May 28, 2009

  • Eew. Really?

    November 13, 2007

  • I don't think it's vile. I like it a lot. (Sorry sionnach.)

    November 12, 2007

  • But again, it's likely to have become current because of a need. How else do you describe the situation of checking up on someone, mainly face to face but also through other channels, including various methods of communication, for a specific purpose? I don't like the word, but if it's necessary I don't think it's vile.

    November 12, 2007

  • vile backformation from liaison

    November 12, 2007