Definition of association
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
6 : a major unit in ecological community organization characterized by essential uniformity and usually by two or more dominant species
associationalplay \-sh(ə-)nəl\ 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.
Recent Examples of association from the Web
Using data from 28,000 of the users, a machine-learning algorithm found associations between words in the updates and depression levels.
In a normal world, a city's historical association would be thrilled to have a member of its archival staff produce a published history of the city.
Morning activities will start at 9 a.m. with playground sports at Kamen West Park, Baker Park, Evanston Township High School track, Raymond Park, Lincolnwood School, Willard School and Robert Crown Center, according to the association's website.
Alas, there is no association with the Wells science fiction novel with a similar title.
While playing a game of word association with Raw and her Book of Henry co-star Jaeden Lieberher, Maddie responded to various topics with her feelings on them.
Remedy this with boundaries, says Cassidy Solis, senior adviser for workplace flexibility with the Society for Human Resource Management, a trade association.
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and players association executive director Tony Clark were at the museum on Wednesday to announce a $1 million donation to the NLBM.
In February, after fruitless talks with the players’ association about pace-of-action issues, Manfred threatened to unilaterally impose rule changes next year, which could include a limit on timeouts and a 20-second pitch clock.
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ASSOCIATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of association for English Language Learners
: 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 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
associational\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
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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