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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In addition, the forum will host eight keynote addresses, discussion with leaders of national petroleum and chemical trade associations and feature special events. From News Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Industry forum to explore regional growth, challenges," 4 Sep. 2019 Some of the most active memorial associations could be found in Los Angeles County, which remained a haven for Confederate sympathizers in the decades after the war. Kevin Waite, The New Republic, "California’s Forgotten Confederate History," 19 Aug. 2019 To that point, USWNT and USMNT are members of different players’ associations. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Why Mediation Was Unlikely to Work Now and What Comes Next for USWNT, U.S. Soccer," 15 Aug. 2019 The rest of the membership is composed of serving judges, representatives of bar associations and the rector of a university. The Economist, "Letting academics pick magistrates has not worked in Guatemala," 25 July 2019 Human flourishing is inextricably connected to an ecosystem of rich civil associations. Nate Hochman, National Review, "A Big-Government Nationalism, or a Burkean One?," 25 July 2019 Growth Energy, one of the country's largest ethanol associations, is launching a 30-second television ad in Wisconsin and other states urging Trump to uphold ethanol mandates requiring oil refineries to mix ethanol into gasoline. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin in the middle of battle between ethanol producers and oil companies ahead of 2020," 23 July 2019 The association’s members own, operate, charter, or load cargo onto commercial ships that are longer than 250 feet, according to the suit. oregonlive, "Owners of oceangoing commercial ships sue Port of Astoria, arguing that $300 transit fee is unconstitutional," 14 Sep. 2019 For their part, Garcia said Annunciation House would not apply for reimbursement, in order to avoid the taint of association with the federal government. Aaron Cantú, The New Republic, "Inside Trump’s Border Chaos," 12 Sep. 2019

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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 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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