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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Fiery Aries people tend to run hot (and sometimes hot-headed), so Nicholas recommends anti-inflammatory things (hello, peppermint tea); a prickly-pear hair mask and a handsome comb nod to associations with cacti and the scalp. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 2018 What's worse, that same recent report from the CDC highlights an association between opioid exposure and pre-term labor, stillbirth, even maternal mortality. . Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 Rauner has an association with Pence, the former Indiana governor before being selected by Trump as vice president. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Vice President Pence to speak in Rosemont Friday, when Gov. Rauner will introduce him," 12 July 2018 His associations are idiosyncratic and often arbitrary. James Taranto, WSJ, "How to Store Data Along Memory Lane," 18 Jan. 2019 Cukor and Fleming likely earned their spots because of their association with Gone with the Wind, while five of the men credited for The Wizard of Oz ranked among the top eight directors. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Complex networks study ranks the most influential films of all time," 3 Dec. 2018 Days after Andrés’s death, Chely alleges that MS-13 announced its intention to end his entire family as punishment for its association with El 18. Liliana Frankel, Teen Vogue, "A Day in the Life of the Migrant Caravan," 16 Nov. 2018 Over the centuries, each sign has developed its own associations — including myths, animals, and colors — and its own characteristics. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 That strategic business decision, along with her 13-year association with the firm, resulted in Swartz being named a partner in the firm in June 2017, to the delight of the entire design industry. Steven Stolman, ELLE Decor, "How Elizabeth Swartz Rose From Intern to Partner at Bunny Williams," 14 Aug. 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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