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

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Other Words from association

associational \ ə-​ˌsō-​sē-​ˈā-​sh(ə-​)nᵊl How to pronounce associational (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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Recent Examples on the Web According to a recent survey of restaurant owners representing 419 locations, which was conducted this year by the restaurant association among the 73% of restaurants open for takeout, 60% are losing money. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Restaurants reopening after shutdown face challenges over masks, money," 26 May 2020 But human rights groups, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the city’s bar association say the new security measures are vague, legally questionable and could endanger its reputation as a global financial hub. Iain Marlow And Natalie Lung / Bloomberg, Time, "Hong Kong Leader Dismisses Opposition to Security Law and Says It Is Not a Threat to Freedoms," 26 May 2020 In Britain firms have cut entry-level jobs by 23%, says the Institute of Student Employers, a recruiters’ association. The Economist, "Bartleby Zoomers, zeros and Gen Z," 23 May 2020 Officers report the suspect, who smelled of an alcoholic beverage, had been going to houses in the neighborhood looking for a homeowners association official. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Alcohol blamed in one-car crash: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 23 May 2020 The state high school soccer coaches association recently announced its boys and girls all-state team by class. Dennis Victory, al, "See the soccer coaches high school all-state team by class," 23 May 2020 Stam’s association with Nijkamp helped; so did his no-nonsense demeanor. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Jaap Stam, FC Cincinnati's new coach, is in a fascinating situation," 23 May 2020 Annual property taxes are $5,366 and homeowners association fees are $266 a month. oregonlive, "Portland’s foreclosed homes for sale: Don’t expect a flood of distressed properties," 23 May 2020 State and local Realtor associations offer these classes, giving Realtors ample opportunity to stay on top of the real estate profession. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Understanding Realtor specialties," 23 May 2020

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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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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Association.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/association. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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association

noun
How to pronounce association (audio)

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 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 associational (audio) \ 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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