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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. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 1. A society or union of persons of like tastes or pursuits, or of the same profession, for the promotion of the moral, material, or professional interests of the members, such as the American Medical Association, the British Medical Association, etc. 2. Union; connection of persons, things, or ideas.
  16. Act of associating: union or combination: a society of persons joined together to promote some object.
  17. Act of associating; union; society.
  18. The act of associating; fellowship; combination; society; corporation.
  19. Connection of ideas.
  20. The act of associating; a society formed for promoting some object; connexion. Association of ideas, that relation among ideas and feelings by which they tend to suggest and recall one another.
  21. The union of persons in a company for mutual benefit; a society; connection, applied to ideas.
  22. Adherence of gregarines without fusion of nuclei; fibres connecting white matter of interior of brain with cortex of convolutions.
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Quotes of association

  1. It is my contention that civil disobediences are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country. – Hannah Arendt
  2. The Washingtonian said it shouldn't be built. The gallery's East Building is now considered a triumph, and members of the American Association of Architects have voted it one of the best buildings of all time. – J. Carter Brown
  3. After being Washington's aide for four years and becoming the hero of Yorktown, Hamilton was viewed with a great deal of suspicion because of his association with Tories. – Ron Chernow
  4. I don't care. Charlton Heston is the head of the National Rifle Association He deserves whatever anyone says about him. – George Clooney
  5. The key factor is whether the agent is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives, which screens its members and requires them to uphold a Canon of Ethics. – Richard Curtis
  6. The NRA provided that in America each industry should be organized into a federally supervised trade association It was not called a corporative. It was called a Code Authority. – John T. Flynn
  7. I was named Beekeeper of the Year by the Florida State Beekeeping Association – Peter Fonda
  8. But I don't believe in guilt by association – Marion Jones
  9. I swear to God, I don't remember anything Gwyneth Paltrow was in. Some people get hot by association I heard more about her and Brad Pitt and I ever heard about her work. – Jennifer Lopez
  10. The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security. – Thomas Paine
  11. Orrin Hatch was the keynote speaker at the last meeting of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He sought me out because he was a fan. I was thinking he had confused me with someone else. – Ted Rall
  12. I am not going to answer any questions as to my association my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs. – Pete Seeger
  13. Labor can and will become its own employer through co -operative association – Leland Stanford
  14. This is the great object held out by this association and the means of attaining it is illumination, enlightening the understanding by the sun of reason which will dispell the clouds of superstition and of prejudice. – Adam Weishaupt
  15. The first money I ever had was when I received an award from the American Association of University Women. – Marguerite Young

Usage examples for association

  1. 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
  2. Association and conscience were again too powerful. – Barriers Burned Away by E. P. Roe
  3. 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
  4. But after hearing his story I knew that time would once more make him fit for human association – Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. After all, it could matter very little if she never heard his American experiences, and the name Harrisson had no association for her. – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  9. We all had a good laugh, and then continued the discussion of the law of association – Dawson Black: Retail Merchant by Harold Whitehead
  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. May I ask, sir, if you have any special influence with that no doubt most useful Association – Rosmerholm by Henrik Ibsen
  13. You can imagine the power at the command of such an association – Secret Societies And Subversive Movements by Nesta H. Webster
  14. What he might have done had he lived, we do not know; but this is the only poem of his that has any claim to distinction, and that not for its own outstanding merit, but for its association with Abraham Lincoln. – The Life and Public Service of General Zachary Taylor: An Address by Abraham Lincoln
  15. 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
  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. Perhaps all these forced an association of ideas. – The Justice of the King by Hamilton Drummond
  18. 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
  19. What was my association with the name? – The Firefly Of France by Marion Polk Angellotti
  20. 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

Rhymes for association