1. [ noun ] a formal organization of people or groups of people

"he joined the Modern Language Association"

Related terms: organization league club family gang consortium chamber_of_commerce institute cooperative legion Association_for_the_Advancement_of_Retired_Persons Veterans_of_Foreign_Wars secret_society American_Legion asean professional_association Fabian_Society Southern_Baptist_Convention American_Baptist_Convention associate chapter consort
2. [ noun ] the act of consorting with or joining with others

"you cannot be convicted of criminal guilt by association"

Related terms: social_activity affiliation fraternization consort
3. [ 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"

Related terms: union relate
4. [ noun ] a social or business relationship
Synonyms: tie affiliation tie-up

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

Related terms: relationship bind affiliate affiliate
5. [ noun ] the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
Synonyms: connection connexion

"conditioning is a form of learning by association"

Related terms: memory colligation relate
6. [ 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"

Related terms: relation consociate
7. [ 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
Related terms: group antibiosis ecology
8. [ noun ] (chemistry) any process of combination (especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding
Related terms: chemical_process hydration solvation chemistry
Similar spelling:   associational