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

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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.
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Betof was previously head of school at New Garden Friends School in Greensboro, N.C., and served on the board of directors of the Friends Council on Education, a national association of Quaker schools. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "BU parted with its private school president over a misconduct allegation," 13 July 2018 Your reaction to that toxic nationalism charge given your association with Nigel Farage, Ukip and the rise of the movement in Europe. Fox News, "Meadows, Dershowitz react after Lisa Page defies subpoena," 12 July 2018 But there’s also, at present, little sign that the national Democratic Party is suffering from its association with the proposal. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Abolishing ICE Is About As Popular As Trump’s Immigration Agenda," 11 July 2018 For national associations, as for clubs, there is nothing so alluring as believing that someone, somewhere, has managed to turn youth development not just into a science, but an industry. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Belgium’s Blueprint, Croatia’s Chaos, and the Murky Path to World Cup Glory," 10 July 2018 Detractors say Barrett’s performance as a judge could be affected by her association with People of Praise, but her defenders say her critics are just exposing an anti-Catholic bias. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Trump's Supreme Court Pick May Come From This List. Here's Where They Stand on Women's Issues.," 9 July 2018 The biggest problem for Kavanaugh, though, might be his association with Bush. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump’s reported Supreme Court finalists: Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Raymond Kethledge," 5 July 2018 Despite his association with notorious political boss George B. Cox, Herrmann was considered honest and above reproach. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Our history: Major League Baseball birthed in Cincinnati," 27 June 2018 In 2017, for the second consecutive year, downtown DeLand won first place for best downtown, as named by Independent We Stand, a national association. Michael Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "DeLand Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018

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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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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

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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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