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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


Antonymsdisassociation

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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