association

noun
as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce association (audio) , -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

Other Words from association

associational \ ə-​ˌsō-​sē-​ˈā-​sh(ə-​)nᵊl How to pronounce association (audio) , -​shē-​ \ 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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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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The first known use of association was in 1535

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10 Aug 2022

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“Association.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/association. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for association

association

noun
as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce association (audio) , -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- How to pronounce association (audio) \

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 How to pronounce association (audio) \ adjective

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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