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English noun: association

1. association (group) a formal organization of people or groups of people

SamplesHe joined the Modern Language Association.

Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization

Narrower (hyponym)AARP, American Baptist Convention, American Legion, ASEAN, Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, chamber of commerce, club, conference, consortium, cooperative, Fabian Society, family, fellowship, gang, gild, guild, institute, league, legion, lodge, mob, National Association of Realtors, Northern Baptist Convention, order, pack, pool, professional association, ring, secret society, sisterhood, sistership, social club, society, Southern Baptist Convention, syndicate, Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW

Member holonymassociate, chapter

2. association (act) the act of consorting with or joining with others

SamplesYou cannot be convicted of criminal guilt by association.

Broader (hypernym)social activity

Narrower (hyponym)affiliation, fraternisation, fraternization

3. association (state) the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination

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

Broader (hypernym)unification, union


4. association (cognition) the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination

SamplesConditioning is a form of learning by association.

Synonymsconnection, connexion

Broader (hypernym)memory, remembering

Narrower (hyponym)colligation

5. association (state) a social or business relationship

SamplesA valuable financial affiliation.
He was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team.
Many close associations with England.

Synonymsaffiliation, tie, tie-up

Broader (hypernym)relationship

6. association a relation resulting from interaction or dependence

SamplesFlints were found in association with the prehistoric remains of the bear.
The host is not always injured by association with a parasite.

Broader (hypernym)relation

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

Broader (hypernym)chemical action, chemical change, chemical process

Narrower (hyponym)hydration, solvation

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

8. association (group) (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

Broader (hypernym)group, grouping

Narrower (hyponym)antibiosis

Domain categorybionomics, ecology, environmental science

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