NATO

[ney-toh]
noun
an organization formed in Washington, D.C. (1949), comprising the 12 nations of the Atlantic Pact together with Greece, Turkey, and the Federal Republic of Germany, for the purpose of collective defense against aggression.

Origin:
N(orth) A(tlantic) T(reaty) O(rganization)

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NATO or Nato (ˈneɪtəʊ)
 
n acronym for
North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an international organization composed of the US, Canada, Britain, and a number of European countries: established by the North Atlantic Treaty (1949) for purposes of collective security. In 1994 it launched the Partnership for Peace initiative, in order to forge alliances with former Warsaw Pact countries; in 1997 a treaty of cooperation with Russia was signed and in 1999 Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic became full NATO members
 
Nato or Nato
 
n acronym for

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NATO
acronym of North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which was set up in 1949.
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NATO
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
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Example sentences for NATO
This increased soviet fears that nato was planning an attack.
More recently nato radar installations have been placed on the island.
This was, however, in step with other nato countries after the end of the cold war.
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