Simple Definition of association
: an organized group of people who have the same interest, job, etc.
: a connection or relationship between things or people
: a feeling, memory, or thought that is connected to a person, place, or thing
Full Definition of association
2 : an organization of persons having a common interest : society
3 : something linked in memory or imagination with a thing or person
4 : the process of forming mental connections or bonds between sensations, ideas, or memories
5 : the aggregation of chemical species to form (as with hydrogen bonds) loosely bound complexes
6 : a major unit in ecological community organization characterized by essential uniformity and usually by two or more dominant species
Examples of association in a sentence
an association of local business leaders
They denied having any association with terrorists.
They have a long association with the school and have donated millions of dollars to it.
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Rhymes with association
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ASSOCIATION Defined for Kids
Definition of association for Students
1 : a connection or relationship between things or people <She studied the association between sugar intake and cavity formation.>
2 : an organization of persons having a common interest <an athletic association>
3 : a feeling, memory, or thought connected with a person, place, or thing <His grandparents' old house had happy associations for him.>
Medical Definition of association
1: the act of associating
2: something linked in memory or imagination with a thing or person
3: the process of forming mental connections or bonds between sensations, ideas, or memories
4: the aggregation of chemical species to form (as with hydrogen bonds) loosely bound chemical complexes—compare polymerization 1
Legal Definition of association
1 : a group of persons who share common interests or a common purpose and who are organized with varying degrees of formality — compare corporation
2 : the act of having contact or communication with or keeping company with another <freedom of association>
3 : the sharing (as by an aider and abettor) in the criminal intent of a person who commits a crime
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