association

noun

as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce association (audio)
-shē-
1
a
: 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
associational 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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Word History

Etymology

see associate entry 1

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of association was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Association.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/association. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

association

noun
as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce association (audio)
-ˌsō-shē-
1
: the act of associating : the state of being associated
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
pleasant associations with the beach
4
: the formation of loosely bound groups of ions or molecules

Medical Definition

association

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

Legal Definition

association

noun
as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion
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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