association

noun
as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion | \ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən, -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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from association

associational \ -​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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

This association explains a lot of what's been happening lately. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's November Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 28 Oct. 2018 In fact, police associations and women's organizations publicly support this law. Nicole Talbot, Teen Vogue, "Massachusetts Must Vote Yes on Ballot Question 3 to Protect Transgender Rights," 12 Oct. 2018 Republicans have long been dubious of the association's objectivity. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Bar Association asks to delay Brett Kavanaugh vote until FBI investigates," 29 Sep. 2018 Janus Norman, chief lobbyist for the California Medical Association, said killing the bill was the association's main objective this year. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Doctors, nurses, insurance companies spending big to influence California's health care future," 6 July 2018 Storage solution needed The American Association of Museums begins its review of the museum's accreditation in 2019 and storage conditions will play a major role in the association's decision. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Public Museum officials seek changes in county lease to aid move to new home," 6 July 2018 That's about on pace with the 113 for the same period last year listed in the association's report. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Latest string of deadly pedestrian accidents continues Arizona trend," 2 July 2018 Yet there’s demand for 1.3 million, says Robert Dietz, the association's chief economist. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software," 25 June 2018 Kentucky and other states basing rules on the association's advice generally adopt those rules for advanced fighters across the board. Laura Ungar, The Courier-Journal, "Should amateur MMA fighters pound opponents in the head while down?," 21 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'association.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of association

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for association

see associate entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about association

Share association

Statistics for association

Last Updated

14 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for association

The first known use of association was in 1535

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for association

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, -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- \

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 \ adjective

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on association

What made you want to look up association? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

full of whispering sounds

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!