association

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

Definition of association

1 a :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 1species 1e) to form (as with hydrogen bonds) loosely bound complexes (see 1complex 3)
6 :a major unit in ecological community organization characterized by essential uniformity and usually by two or more dominant species

associational

play \-sh(ə-)nᵊl\ adjective

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



ASSOCIATION Defined for English Language Learners

association

noun

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

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

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 Dictionary

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 1

associational

play \-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl\ adjective

Law Dictionary

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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