liaise, liaison
The noun liaison, pronounced li-ay-zon in BrE and in various ways in AmE, became fully anglicized early in the 20c, replacing its nasalized final syllable with a normal one. Since the early 20c, it has had the meaning ‘an illicit sexual relationship’; curiously the verb liaise has not developed a corresponding meaning but is restricted to military and business contexts and is a key word in management jargon in the sense ‘cooperate or have direct dealings’:

• The coordinating nurse on each shift ‘liaises’ with the admissions office regarding bed availability —Professional Nurse, 1992

• We liaise with all appropriate law enforcement authorities and provide information and analytical techniques relating to the recognition and detection of counterfeit products —Scotland on Sunday, 2007.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • liaise — li*aise (l[=e]*[=a]z ), v. i. [By back formation from {liaison}.] 1. To form or maintain a liaison[3]. [1913 Webster] 2. To act as a liaison[4]. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • liaise — (v.) 1928, back formation from LIAISON (Cf. liaison). Said to be a coinage of British military men in World War I. Related: Liaised; liaising …   Etymology dictionary

  • liaise — [lē āz′] vi. liaised, liaising [back form. < LIAISON] [Brit. Informal] to establish liaison: usually with with …   English World dictionary

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  • liaise — li|aise [ li eız ] verb intransitive 1. ) MAINLY BRITISH if one person liaises with another or people liaise, they talk to each other and tell each other what they are doing, so that they can work together effectively: Community workers will… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • liaise — v. (BE) (D; intr.) ( to mediate ) to liaise between; with * * * [lɪ eɪz] (BE) (D; intr.) ( to mediate ) to liaise between: with …   Combinatory dictionary

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