association [uh-soh-see-ey-shuhn, -shee-] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for association on noun

  1. an organization of people with a common purpose and having a formal structure.
  2. the act of associating or state of being associated.
  3. friendship; companionship: Their close association did not last long.
  4. connection or combination.
  5. the connection or relation of ideas, feelings, sensations, etc.; correlation of elements of perception, reasoning, or the like.
  6. an idea, image, feeling, etc., suggested by or connected with something other than itself; an accompanying thought, emotion, or the like; an overtone or connotation: My associations with that painting are of springlike days.
  7. Ecology. a group of plants of one or more species living together under uniform environmental conditions and having a uniform and distinctive aspect.
  8. Chemistry. a weak form of chemical bonding involving aggregation of molecules of the same compound.
  9. touch football.
  10. Astronomy. stellar association.

Origin of association 1525–35; (Middle French) Medieval Latin associātiōn- (stem of associātiō). See associate, -ion Related formsas·so·ci·a·tion·al, adjectivein·ter·as·so·ci·a·tion, nounnon·as·so·ci·a·tion, nounnon·as·so·ci·a·tion·al, adjectivepro·as·so·ci·a·tion, adjectivepseu·do·as·so·ci·a·tion·al, adjectivere·as·so·ci·a·tion, nounsub·as·so·ci·a·tion, nounsub·as·so·ci·a·tion·al, adjectiveSynonyms for association See more synonyms for on 1. alliance, union; society, company; band. 3. fellowship. Related Words for association club, league, guild, federation, tribe, union, corporation, company, partnership, society, cooperative, organization, cooperation, alliance, family, tie-in, clique, affiliation, gang, mob Examples from the Web for association Contemporary Examples of association

  • The juxtaposition planted a story of association on websites that touted both men for their talks.

    The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence

    Jason Berry

    January 7, 2015

  • Delta is a Platinum Global Partner, ranking them among the highest-level contributors to the association.

    How You Can Help Make a More LGBT-Friendly World

    December 12, 2014

  • “It doesn’t require the association to immediately adopt the listed protections,” Hruby wrote.

    Will the NCAA Let Ohio State’s Kosta Karageorge Die in Vain?

    Robert Silverman

    December 1, 2014

  • As is common in North Korea, family members of “enemies of the people” are presumed guilty by association.

    How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State

    Lizzie Crocker

    October 31, 2014

  • It makes her association with Zaitokukai and their criminally inclined members highly problematic.

    For Top Pols In Japan Crime Doesn’t Pay, But Hate Crime Does

    Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo

    September 26, 2014

  • Historical Examples of association

  • It was formed, in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774.

    United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches


  • Her eyes were so blue that but for the association he would have called her Sapphira.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Otherwise the agent will soon put an end to the Association.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 12, June 18, 1870


  • Anyone shall have the right to belong to any association and to leave it when he pleases.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • There are no proprietors–merely usufructuaries of the association’s capital.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • British Dictionary definitions for association association noun

    1. a group of people having a common purpose or interest; a society or club
    2. the act of associating or the state of being associated
    3. friendship or companionshiptheir association will not last
    4. a mental connection of ideas, feelings, or sensationsassociation of revolution with bloodshed
    5. psychol the mental process of linking ideas so that the recurrence of one idea automatically recalls the otherSee also free association
    6. chem the formation of groups of molecules and ions, esp in liquids, held together by weak chemical bonds
    7. ecology a group of similar plants that grow in a uniform environment and contain one or more dominant species

    Word Origin and History for association n.

    1530s, “action of coming together,” from Medieval Latin associationem (nominative associatio), noun of action from past participle stem of associare (see associate). Meaning “a body of persons with a common purpose” is from 1650s. Meaning “mental connection” is from 1680s; that of “quality or thing called to mind by something else” is from 1810.

    association in Medicine association [ə-sō′sē-ā′shən, -shē-] n.

    1. A connection of persons, things, or ideas by some common factor; union.
    2. A functional connection of two ideas, events, or psychological phenomena established through learning or experience.

    association in Science association [ə-sō′sē-ā′shən, -shē-]

    1. A large number of organisms in a specific geographic area constituting a community with one or two dominant species.

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