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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The winners were chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America in association with The Associated Press. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Dixon, Simmer, Wimbush win Comeback Player of Year honors," 18 Dec. 2018 Published by the Museum of Modern Art in association with the New York Transit Museum, the book tells the story of how the NYC subway map was created in 1972. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 There are two ways that most people first hear the Audio-Technica name: either in association with Technics turntables or via a pushy friend or YouTuber enlightening them about the M50x headphones. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica M50xBT review: better beats," 12 Nov. 2018 Today's event was organized in association with that group, as well as the British Cave Rescue Council. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Meets with British Divers Who Helped Rescue the Thai Boys Soccer Team from the Cave," 16 Oct. 2018 Shanghai Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin was whisked away into house arrest shortly after renouncing his membership in the association. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Vatican agreement with China draws concerns amid crackdown," 28 Sep. 2018 The series is produced by Kripke Enterprises Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Comic Con 2018: Here's your Sunday schedule," 8 July 2018 To help spur a quicker end to burgeoning youth homelessness, Cyndi Lauper and the True Colors Fund -- in association with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty -- has released the State Index on Youth Homelessness. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund & National Law Center Partner to End Youth Homelessness," 28 June 2018 However, the resulting film, made in association with Pepsi and directed by Charles Stone III, falls into a disappointingly formulaic lull for large stretches, squeezing all spontaneity from the proceedings. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Uncle Drew’ has a predictable game plan," 28 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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