Definitions for associationəˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

as•so•ci•a•tionəˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi-(n.)

  1. an organization of people with a common purpose and having a formal structure.

  2. the act of associating or the state of being associated.

  3. connection; relationship.

  4. the connection or relation of ideas, feelings, etc.; correlation of elements of perception, reasoning, or the like.

  5. an idea, image, feeling, etc., suggested by or connected with something other than itself; an overtone or connotation.

  6. a group of plants of one or more species living together under uniform environmental conditions and having a uniform and distinctive aspect.

    Category: Ecology

  7. a weak form of chemical bonding, as hydration.

    Category: Chemistry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. association(noun)

    a formal organization of people or groups of people

    "he joined the Modern Language Association"

  2. association(noun)

    the act of consorting with or joining with others

    "you cannot be convicted of criminal guilt by association"

  3. association(noun)

    the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination

    "his association of his father with being beaten was too strong to break"

  4. association, connection, connexion(noun)

    the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination

    "conditioning is a form of learning by association"

  5. affiliation, association, tie, tie-up(noun)

    a social or business relationship

    "a valuable financial affiliation"; "he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team"; "many close associations with England"

  6. association(noun)

    a relation resulting from interaction or dependence

    "flints were found in association with the prehistoric remains of the bear"; "the host is not always injured by association with a parasite"

  7. association(noun)

    (chemistry) any process of combination (especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding

  8. association(noun)

    (ecology) a group of organisms (plants and animals) that live together in a certain geographical region and constitute a community with a few dominant species

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. association(noun)əˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi-

    an organization

    a teachers' association; an association of jazz musicians

  2. associationəˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi-

    a connection or relationship

    a long association between the two companies

  3. associationəˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi-

    working together

    broadcast in association with World Travel Inc.


  1. association(Noun)

    The act of associating.

  2. association(Noun)

    The state of being associated; a connection to or an affiliation with something.

  3. association(Noun)

    A group of persons associated for a common purpose; an organization; society.

  4. Origin: From associationem, from associare (perhaps via association).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Association(noun)

    the act of associating, or state of being associated; union; connection, whether of persons of things

  2. Association(noun)

    mental connection, or that which is mentally linked or associated with a thing

  3. Association(noun)

    union of persons in a company or society for some particular purpose; as, the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a benevolent association. Specifically, as among the Congregationalists, a society, consisting of a number of ministers, generally the pastors of neighboring churches, united for promoting the interests of religion and the harmony of the churches


  1. Association

    "Association" in psychology refers to a connection between conceptual entities or mental states that results from the similarity between those states or their proximity in space or time. The idea stems from Plato and Aristotle, especially with regard to the succession of memories, and it was carried on by philosophers such as John Locke, David Hume, David Hartley, James Mill, John Stuart Mill, and Alexander Bain. It finds its place in modern psychology in such areas as conditioning and in neural network models of memory.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Association

    A functional relationship between psychological phenomena of such nature that the presence of one tends to evoke the other; also, the process by which such a relationship is established.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'association' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #838

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'association' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1682

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'association' in Nouns Frequency: #313

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a club, society etc.

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