association

play
noun as·so·ci·a·tion \ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən, -shē-\

Definition of association

  1. 1a :  the act of associatingb :  the state of being associated :  combination, relationship had a long association with the firm

  2. 2 :  an organization of persons having a common interest :  society an alumni association

  3. 3 :  something linked in memory or imagination with a thing or person His former school has only negative associations for him.

  4. 4 :  the process of forming mental connections or bonds between sensations, ideas, or memories

  5. 5 :  the aggregation of chemical species (see 1species 1e) to form (as with hydrogen bonds) loosely bound complexes (see 1complex 3)

  6. 6 :  a major unit in ecological community organization characterized by essential uniformity and usually by two or more dominant species

associational

play \-sh(ə-)nəl\ adjective

Examples of association in a Sentence

  1. an association of local business leaders

  2. They denied having any association with terrorists.

  3. They have a long association with the school and have donated millions of dollars to it.

Recent Examples of association from the Web

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.

Origin and Etymology of association

see 1associate


First Known Use: 1535



ASSOCIATION Defined for English Language Learners

association

play
noun

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

association

play
noun as·so·ci·a·tion \ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən, -shē-\

Definition of association for Students

  1. 1 :  a connection or relationship between things or people She studied the association between sugar intake and cavity formation.

  2. 2 :  an organization of persons having a common interest an athletic association

  3. 3 :  a feeling, memory, or thought connected with a person, place, or thing His grandparents' old house had happy associations for him.


Medical Dictionary

association

play
noun as·so·ci·a·tion \ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən, -shē-\

Medical Definition of association

  1. 1:  the act of associating

  2. 2:  something linked in memory or imagination with a thing or person

  3. 3:  the process of forming mental connections or bonds between sensations, ideas, or memories

  4. 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

Law Dictionary

association

noun as·so·ci·a·tion

Legal Definition of association

  1. 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. 2 :  the act of having contact or communication with or keeping company with another freedom of association

  3. 3 :  the sharing (as by an aider and abettor) in the criminal intent of a person who commits a crime



Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to bile

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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!