association

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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

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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.

Origin and Etymology of association

see 1associate


First Known Use: 1535



ASSOCIATION Defined for English Language Learners

association

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

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

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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

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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



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