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 \ -​sh(ə-​)nᵊl How to pronounce associational (audio) \ 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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Still, solar energy accounted for only 1 percent of electricity generation in Florida last year, far less than the 19 percent in California and nearly 11 percent in Vermont and Massachusetts, the association said. Ivan Penn, New York Times, "Florida, the Sunshine State, Is Slow to Adopt Rooftop Solar Power," 7 July 2019 The association was even more pronounced for stronger marijuana, with higher levels of THC. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "As Illinois determines whether to limit potency of legalized pot, drug gets increased scrutiny after link to psychosis," 6 July 2019 Individuals, families and organizations, such as scouts, school or church groups, neighborhood associations and service clubs, are welcome to sign up. cleveland.com, "Annual Cain Park Arts Festival is July 12-14; Wigs for Kids Day 5K takes place July 20; more: Press Run," 5 July 2019 In 2009, the homeowners’ association asked them to remove the Virgin Mary statue. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Novi family angry over request to remove Virgin Mary statue," 5 July 2019 The hospital association said this is due to a number of factors and not necessarily negligence. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore jury's record $229 million malpractice verdict may change a life — but likely not the system," 4 July 2019 But the association says the bill pending on Beacon Hill could backfire. Andy Rosen, BostonGlobe.com, "Venture capitalists oppose plan to bar discrimination in investments," 4 July 2019 The association said the campaign was unrelated to that lawsuit, filed in late March, or to others now pending around the country. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "Hotel industry vows united front against sex traffickers," 26 June 2019 For many distributors, 85% of annual revenue are made that month, while retailers make about 80% of their revenue in five days or fewer in that same month, the association said. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The next tariffs on China could ruin the best month for US fireworks sellers," 20 June 2019

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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

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 associational (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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