|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|
"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|