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Definitions of association

  1. 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"
  2. the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination; " his association of his father with being beaten was too strong to break"
  3. the act of consorting with or joining with others; " you cannot be convicted of criminal guilt by association"
  4. the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination; " conditioning is a form of learning by association"
  5. ( 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
  6. a formal organization of people or groups of people; " he joined the Modern Language Association"
  7. ( chemistry) any process of combination ( especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding
  8. 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"
  9. The act of associating, or state of being associated; union; connection, whether of persons of things.
  10. Mental connection, or that which is mentally linked or associated with a thing.
  11. 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.
  12. A group of people who have joined together for a common purpose. Unlike a corporation, an association is not a legal entity. The law may treat an association like a corporation, however, if it has been operating in a corporate manner -- for example, if it has a charter and shareholders.
  13. The act of joining together or the state of fellowship; the union of persons in a society or club; a body of persons organized for a common object; a corporation; a connection of ideas; that which is mentally connected with a thing.
  14. Act of associating: union or combination: a society of persons joined together to promote some object.
  15. Act of associating; union; society.
  16. The act of associating; fellowship; combination; society; corporation.
  17. Connection of ideas.
  18. The union of persons in a company for mutual benefit; a society; connection, applied to ideas.
  19. Adherence of gregarines without fusion of nuclei; fibres connecting white matter of interior of brain with cortex of convolutions.

Usage examples for association

  1. Association and conscience were again too powerful. – Barriers Burned Away by E. P. Roe
  2. I said the notoriety given by your sons to the name of Dare would bar its association with mine. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  3. Perhaps all these forced an association of ideas. – The Justice of the King by Hamilton Drummond
  4. She had resolved to clear the house of every association with the past. – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  5. But after hearing his story I knew that time would once more make him fit for human association. – Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson
  6. I've got to make time, was all the answer or explanation he received; and Chester, with the wisdom of long association with Red Pepper at his pepperest, obeyed. – Red Pepper Burns by Grace S. Richmond
  7. It was only a few hours since this aunt and I had parted, after being in constant association for nearly two months. – Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  8. Thus looking, one is surprised into seeing for once the colour and form of things with the association of touch for the moment forgotten, and is puzzled at the beauty. – The Practice and Science Of Drawing by Harold Speed
  9. May I ask, sir, if you have any special influence with that no doubt most useful Association? – Rosmerholm by Henrik Ibsen
  10. And there are the Burns people and the Bankers' Association and all. – The Re-Creation of Brian Kent by Harold Bell Wright
  11. What really surprised me was to see, as I now plainly saw, that she had some painful association with my old home. – The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins
  12. You can imagine the power at the command of such an association? – Secret Societies And Subversive Movements by Nesta H. Webster
  13. We all had a good laugh, and then continued the discussion of the law of association. – Dawson Black: Retail Merchant by Harold Whitehead
  14. What was my association with the name? – The Firefly Of France by Marion Polk Angellotti
  15. In consequence we were able to enjoy to the full the pick of the Old World in all that was beautiful or interesting, and after my twenty years of up- country knocking about, and generally roughing it, everything enjoyed in such association was both. – A Frontier Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  16. Every man, it was promised, that could prove property should have a chance to do so at the Door that day and the next; but any brands that showed stolen cattle, or that had been skinned or tampered with in any way, were to be turned over to the Stock Association for the benefit of owners. – Whispering Smith by Frank H. Spearman
  17. Standing on the steps of this temple, we had around us all that is interesting in association and all that is beautiful in art. – Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, Vol. I (of 2) by John Lloyd Stephens
  18. Side by side with the struggle for existence do we not find in operation what Lanessan calls " association for existence." – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
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