association

noun
as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce association (audio) , -shē- \

Definition of association

1a : the act of associating
b : the state of being associated : combination, relationship had a long association with the firm
2 : an organization of persons having a common interest : society an alumni association
3 : something linked in memory or imagination with a thing or person His former school has only negative associations for him.
4 : the process of forming mental connections or bonds between sensations, ideas, or memories
5 : the aggregation of chemical species (see species entry 1 sense 1e) to form (as with hydrogen bonds) loosely bound complexes (see complex entry 1 sense 3)
6 : a major unit in ecological community organization characterized by essential uniformity and usually by two or more dominant species

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Other Words from association

associational \ ə-​ˌsō-​sē-​ˈā-​sh(ə-​)nᵊl How to pronounce association (audio) , -​shē-​ \ adjective

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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Recent Examples on the Web It was sent out to the association’s members, its staff and the group’s general counsel and chief operating officer, Gregory Goeckner. Stacy Perman Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "After NBC calls on HFPA to oust ex-president, citing ‘racist rhetoric,’ Phil Berk is out," 20 Apr. 2021 Blackwell used to play soccer and basketball, according to the athletic association. BostonGlobe.com, "What we know so far about the victims of the Indianapolis shooting," 17 Apr. 2021 From March 1 to March 23, hospitalizations increased by 633% for adults ages 30 to 39 and by 800% for adults ages 40 to 49, according to the association. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "Michigan reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases since December," 3 Apr. 2021 Wyndham Destinations referred requests for comment to the association. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "Timeshare bill could cost Florida counties, cities and schools $170 million in property taxes," 29 Mar. 2021 According to a national association, there were almost 1.5 times as many realtors as there were homes for sale in America in February. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "In Utah, there are far more realtors than homes for sale," 25 Mar. 2021 Gonzaga University — which advanced to the Sweet 16 — was the betting public’s favorite to win the tournament at 17%, according to the association. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "March Madness, sports betting in Michigan could bring tax surprise for gamblers," 24 Mar. 2021 In February, properties in the Chicago area were on the market for an average of 46 days, compared with 58 days in February 2020, according to the association. Sarah Freishtat, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago-area home sales and prices are seeing double-digit gains. ‘There’s just so few homes and so many buyers.’," 22 Mar. 2021 While the landscape continues to change as advocacy efforts ramp up nationwide, individuals with Down syndrome remain in lower-than-recommended tiers in eight states, according to the association’s last tally. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 is especially deadly for adults with Down syndrome. But many can't get a vaccine shot," 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of association

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for association

see associate entry 1

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The first known use of association was in 1535

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“Association.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/association. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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association

noun

English Language Learners 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

association

noun
as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce association (audio) , -shē- \

Kids Definition of association

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.

association

noun
as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən, -shē- How to pronounce association (audio) \

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 sense 1

Other Words from association

associational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce association (audio) \ adjective

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association

noun
as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion

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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