Definition of association
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
6 : a major unit in ecological community organization characterized by essential uniformity and usually by two or more dominant species
associationalplay \-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.
Recent Examples of association from the Web
The awards were being presented Saturday at the association’s convention in Ocean City.
But the association has had to cutback some of the shuttle service's routes in recent years, while Pace underwent a bus restructuring two years ago after ridership dipped throughout its six-county service area.
National Senior Games associations hold annual games with qualifying competitions in the year preceding the national competitions.
Looking back on a 21-year association with Wenger, Arsenal was unwilling to leap into the dark and part with its most successful manager.
Steve Rotlevi, the president of the Association of Car Wash Owners, said that the owners formed an association amid a 2012 push to unionize workers and that the judge’s decision helped preserve jobs — for now, at least.
Eduardo Martin, president of Unauto VTC association representing both private companies, said there had been more than 30 acts of aggression against their cars and accused taxi drivers of acting with impunity.
The last Monday in May gained official recognition as Memorial Day in the North in 1868, led by the Grand Army of the Republic, the most prominent Union veterans association.
Sessions’ May 10 memo revokes that, a move the association’s leadership applauded as a return to upholding the will of Congress, which enacted mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
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Origin and Etymology of association
First Known Use: 1535
ASSOCIATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of association for Students
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.
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 1
associational\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
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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